Quarter* ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 16 January 2020 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 21 days old Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 10 January 2020 at 19:21.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2020 after 23 days on 9 February 2020 at 07:33.
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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 247 of Meeus index or 1200 from Brown series.
Length of current 247 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 29 minutes. It is 1 hour and 21 minutes shorter than next lunation 248 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 18 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠82.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠120.5°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
2 days after point of perigee on 13 January 2020 at 20:20 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 29 January 2020 at 21:28 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 363 761 km (226 031 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 13 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 390 km (251 898 mi).
6 days after its ascending node on 9 January 2020 at 23:29 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 22 January 2020 at 20:31 in ♑ Capricorn.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 10 January 2020 at 06:03 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.223°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.225° in the next southern standstill on 23 January 2020 at 03:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 8 days on 24 January 2020 at 21:42 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.