Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 17 March 2006 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2006 | March 2006

Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 94% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 94% and getting smaller. The 17 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 14 March 2006 at 23:35.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1801"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1801" and ∠1928".

Worm Moon before 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2006 after 27 days on 13 April 2006 at 16:40.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Sagittarius ♐ on 22 March 2006 at 19:10
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 29 March 2006 at 10:15
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 5 April 2006 at 12:01
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 13 April 2006 at 16:40

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 76 / 1029

The Moon is 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 76 of Meeus index or 1029 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.41 days

Length of current 76 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 44 minutes. It is 15 minutes longer than next lunation 77 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 9 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠2.9°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠2.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠19°. 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 after apogee

4 days after point of apogee on 13 March 2006 at 01:44 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 28 March 2006 at 07:13 in ♓ Pisces.

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Distance to Moon 397 998 km

Moon is 397 998 km (247 304 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 170 km (223 178 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after its descending node on 15 March 2006 at 19:52 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 29 March 2006 at 03:31 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

9 days after previous North standstill on 8 March 2006 at 00:05 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.694°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.725° in the next southern standstill on 22 March 2006 at 16:53 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 11 days

After 11 days on 29 March 2006 at 10:15 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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