Moon* ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 16 October 2024 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 10 October 2024 at 18:55.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1925".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2024 after 1 day on 17 October 2024 at 11:26.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 306 of Meeus index or 1259 from Brown series.
Length of current 306 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 58 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2024. It is 24 minutes longer than next lunation 307 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 14 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 49 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠179.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠204.3°. 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°).
13 days after point of apogee on 2 October 2024 at 19:40 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 17 October 2024 at 00:46 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 363 306 km (225 748 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 173 km (221 937 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♈ Aries at 07:05 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 29 October 2024 at 17:44 in ♎ Libra.
At 07:05 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
7 days after previous South standstill on 9 October 2024 at 11:53 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.684°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.653° in the next northern standstill on 22 October 2024 at 00:50 in ♋ Cancer.
After 1 day on 17 October 2024 at 11:26 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.