Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 16 March 2019 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2019 | March 2019

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

Waxing Gibbous 72% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 72% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 14 March 2019 at 10:27.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1957"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1957" and ∠1929".

Worm Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2019 after 4 days on 21 March 2019 at 01:43.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 21 March 2019 at 01:43
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 28 March 2019 at 04:10
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 5 April 2019 at 08:50
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 12 April 2019 at 19:06

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 237 / 1190

The Moon is 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 237 of Meeus index or 1190 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.7 days

Length of current 237 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 47 minutes. It is 2 hours and 52 minutes longer than next lunation 238 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

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

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠200.2°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠200.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠228.7°. 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 before perigee

12 days after point of apogee on 4 March 2019 at 11:25 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 March 2019 at 19:47 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 366 198 km

Moon is 366 198 km (227 545 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 381 km (223 309 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 16:22 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 29 March 2019 at 13:08 in ♑ Capricorn.

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New draconic month

At 16:22 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon after northern standstill

1 day after previous North standstill on 15 March 2019 at 17:59 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.761°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.863° in the next southern standstill on 28 March 2019 at 13:02 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 4 days

After 4 days on 21 March 2019 at 01:43 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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