Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 31 December 2016 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | December 2016

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 5% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 5% and growing larger. The 2 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 29 December 2016 at 06:53.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1835"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1835" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2017 after 11 days on 12 January 2017 at 11:34.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 210 / 1163

The Moon is 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 210 of Meeus index or 1163 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.72 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 14 minutes. It is 2 hours and 23 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 30 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 33 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠223.4°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠223.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠259.5°.

Moon after apogee

6 days after point of apogee on 25 December 2016 at 05:55 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 January 2017 at 06:07 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 390 666 km

The Moon is 390 666 km (242 749 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 242 km (225 708 mi).

Moon before descending node

12 days after ascending node on 19 December 2016 at 04:46 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 2 January 2017 at 18:14 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

12 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon after southern standstill

2 days since the previous standstill on 29 December 2016 at 03:30 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.958°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.932° at the point of next northern standstill on 11 January 2017 at 09:32 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 11 days

In 11 days on 12 January 2017 at 11:34 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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