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Moon phase on 2 March 2020 Monday is First Quarter, 7 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | March 2020

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

First Quarter 47% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 47% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 2 March 2020 at 19:57 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 passing about ∠9° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1826"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1826" and ∠1935".

Worm Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2020 after 7 days on 9 March 2020 at 17:48.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Virgo ♍ on 9 March 2020 at 17:48
  • Last Quarter in Sagittarius ♐ on 16 March 2020 at 09:34
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 24 March 2020 at 09:28
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 1 April 2020 at 10:21

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 249 / 1202

The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 249 of Meeus index or 1202 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.75 days

Length of current 249 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 56 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2020. It is 58 minutes longer than next lunation 250 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 12 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 51 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠152.6°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠152.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠177.9°. 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 after apogee

5 days after point of apogee on 26 February 2020 at 11:35 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 10 March 2020 at 06:33 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 392 640 km

Moon is 392 640 km (243 975 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 123 km (221 906 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after its descending node on 19 February 2020 at 00:12 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 4 March 2020 at 14:58 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

12 days after previous South standstill on 19 February 2020 at 08:58 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.319°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.441° in the next northern standstill on 5 March 2020 at 01:34 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 9 March 2020 at 17:48 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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