Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 11 March 2016 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | March 2016

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

Waxing Crescent 9% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 9% and growing larger. The 3 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 9 March 2016 at 01:54.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1931".

Worm Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2016 after 12 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

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 200 / 1153

The Moon is 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 200 of Meeus index or 1153 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.4 days

Length of current 200 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 29 minutes. 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 after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 10 March 2016 at 07:02 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 14 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 25 March 2016 at 14:16 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 363 311 km

Moon is 363 311 km (225 751 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 14 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 125 km (252 354 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after its descending node on 9 March 2016 at 06:31 in ♓ Pisces, 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 22 March 2016 at 12:59 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

16 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 before northern standstill

7 days after previous South standstill on 3 March 2016 at 14:19 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.210°. Next 4 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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Syzygy in 12 days

After 12 days on 23 March 2016 at 12:01 in ♎ Libra, 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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