Crescent ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 21 November 2016 Monday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 49% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 21 November 2016 at 08:33 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1851" and ∠1943".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2016 after 22 days on 14 December 2016 at 00:06.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 208 of Meeus index or 1161 from Brown series.
Length of current 208 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 40 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2016. It is 5 minutes longer than next lunation 209 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 56 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 7 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠170.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠194.9°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
7 days after point of perigee on 14 November 2016 at 11:23 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 27 November 2016 at 20:08 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 387 214 km (240 604 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 556 km (252 622 mi).
11 days after its descending node on 9 November 2016 at 15:57 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 22 November 2016 at 02:48 in ♍ Virgo.
26 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 17 November 2016 at 09:32 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.814°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.908° in the next southern standstill on 1 December 2016 at 19:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 8 days on 29 November 2016 at 12:18 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.