Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 16 March 2005 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 6 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2005 | March 2005

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

Waxing Crescent 37% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 37% and growing larger. The 6 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 6 days on 10 March 2005 at 09:10.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1797"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1797" and ∠1928".

Worm Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2005 after 9 days on 25 March 2005 at 20:58.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Gemini ♊ on 17 March 2005 at 19:19
  • Full Moon in Virgo ♍ on 25 March 2005 at 20:58
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 2 April 2005 at 00:50
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 8 April 2005 at 20:32

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 64 / 1017

The Moon is 6 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 64 of Meeus index or 1017 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.47 days

Length of current 64 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 22 minutes. It is 51 minutes shorter than next lunation 65 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 22 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 47 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠36.2°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠36.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠62.3°. 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°).

Moon before apogee

8 days after point of perigee on 8 March 2005 at 03:42 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 19 March 2005 at 22:54 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 398 981 km

Moon is 398 981 km (247 915 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 848 km (251 561 mi).

Moon after ascending node

3 days after its ascending node on 12 March 2005 at 17:37 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 27 March 2005 at 05:15 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

11 days after previous South standstill on 5 March 2005 at 04:40 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.257°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.325° in the next northern standstill on 18 March 2005 at 08:25 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 9 days

After 9 days on 25 March 2005 at 20:58 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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