Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 6 March 2018 Tuesday is Waning Gibbous, 19 days old Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2018 | March 2018

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

Waning Gibbous 78% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 78% and getting smaller. The 19 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 2 March 2018 at 00:51.

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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1821"

Lunar disc appears visually 6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1821" and ∠1934".

Worm Moon before 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2018 after 25 days on 31 March 2018 at 12:37.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Sagittarius ♐ on 9 March 2018 at 11:20
  • New Moon in Pisces ♓ on 17 March 2018 at 13:12
  • First Quarter in Gemini ♊ on 24 March 2018 at 15:35
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 31 March 2018 at 12:37

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 224 / 1177

The Moon is 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 224 of Meeus index or 1177 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.67 days

Length of current 224 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 6 minutes. It is 3 hours and 20 minutes longer than next lunation 225 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 22 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 41 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠227.1°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠227.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠262.6°. 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 apogee

6 days after point of perigee on 27 February 2018 at 14:48 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 11 March 2018 at 09:13 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 393 547 km

Moon is 393 547 km (244 539 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 682 km (251 458 mi).

Moon after ascending node

6 days after its ascending node on 28 February 2018 at 05:03 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 14 March 2018 at 03:48 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

8 days after previous North standstill on 25 February 2018 at 20:07 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.056°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.112° in the next southern standstill on 11 March 2018 at 06:39 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 11 days

After 11 days on 17 March 2018 at 13:12 in ♓ Pisces, 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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