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Moon phase on 15 March 2008 Saturday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2008 | March 2008

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 62% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 62% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 14 March 2008 at 10:46 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1947"

Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1947" and ∠1929".

Worm Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2008 after 6 days on 21 March 2008 at 18:40.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Virgo ♍ on 21 March 2008 at 18:40
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 29 March 2008 at 21:47
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 6 April 2008 at 03:55
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 12 April 2008 at 18:32

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 101 / 1054

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 101 of Meeus index or 1054 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.45 days

Length of current 101 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 41 minutes. It is 2 hours and 18 minutes longer than next lunation 102 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 3 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 6 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠310.8°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠310.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠332.7°. 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°).

Moon after perigee

4 days after point of perigee on 10 March 2008 at 21:39 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 March 2008 at 20:13 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 368 083 km

Moon is 368 083 km (228 716 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 094 km (251 714 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after its ascending node on 6 March 2008 at 06:52 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 19 March 2008 at 02:53 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

9 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon after northern standstill

1 day after previous North standstill on 14 March 2008 at 11:33 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.985°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.898° in the next southern standstill on 28 March 2008 at 16:00 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 6 days

After 6 days on 21 March 2008 at 18:40 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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