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Moon phase on 9 March 2016 Wednesday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Pisces.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | March 2016

New Moon phase
New Moon phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

New Moon

New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The less than 1 day young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 9 March 2016 at 01:54 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.

Moon in ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1962" and ∠1932".

Worm Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2016 after 14 days on 23 March 2016 at 12:01.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Gemini ♊ on 15 March 2016 at 17:03
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 23 March 2016 at 12:01
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 31 March 2016 at 15:17
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 7 April 2016 at 11:24

Spring tide

There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

New lunation 200 / 1153

At 01:54 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 200 of Meeus index or 1153 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.4 days

29 days, 9 hours and 29 minutes is the length of new lunation 200. It is 1 hour and 23 minutes longer than next lunation 201 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 15 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 54 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠339.5°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠339.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠355.6°. 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 before perigee

11 days after point of apogee on 27 February 2016 at 03:28 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 10 March 2016 at 07:02 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 365 383 km

Moon is 365 383 km (227 038 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 509 km (223 389 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♓ Pisces at 06:31 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 22 March 2016 at 12:59 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon after southern standstill

5 days after previous South standstill on 3 March 2016 at 14:19 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.210°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.206° in the next northern standstill on 16 March 2016 at 05:01 in ♋ Cancer.

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Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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