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Moon phase on 9 March 2014 Sunday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2014 | March 2014

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

First Quarter 59% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 59% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 8 March 2014 at 13:27 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1783"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1783" and ∠1932".

Worm Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2014 after 7 days on 16 March 2014 at 17:09.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Virgo ♍ on 16 March 2014 at 17:09
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 24 March 2014 at 01:46
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 30 March 2014 at 18:45
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 7 April 2014 at 08:31

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 175 / 1128

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 175 of Meeus index or 1128 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.45 days

Length of current 175 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 45 minutes. It is 45 minutes shorter than next lunation 176 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 59 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 10 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠25.1°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠25.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠46.9°. 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

9 days after point of perigee on 27 February 2014 at 19:52 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 11 March 2014 at 19:46 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 402 111 km

Moon is 402 111 km (249 860 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 367 km (251 883 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after its descending node on 4 March 2014 at 17:45 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 19 March 2014 at 06:30 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon after northern standstill

1 day after previous North standstill on 8 March 2014 at 22:54 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.084°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.997° in the next southern standstill on 23 March 2014 at 07:28 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 16 March 2014 at 17:09 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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