Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 5 March 2020 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 10 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | March 2020

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

Waxing Gibbous 77% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 77% and growing larger. The 10 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 2 March 2020 at 19:57.

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 ∠18° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1895"

Lunar disc appears visually 2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1895" and ∠1934".

Worm Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2020 after 4 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 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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 before perigee

8 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 4 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 378 281 km

Moon is 378 281 km (235 053 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 123 km (221 906 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after its ascending node on 4 March 2020 at 14:58 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 17 March 2020 at 01:00 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Draconic month

1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon in northern standstill

At 01:34 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠23.441°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-23.540° in its southern standstill point on 17 March 2020 at 14:07 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 4 days

After 4 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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