Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 15 March 2020 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 21 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | March 2020

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

Waning Gibbous 60% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 60% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 9 March 2020 at 17:48.

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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1909"

Lunar disc appears visually 1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1909" and ∠1929".

Worm Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2020 after 23 days on 8 April 2020 at 02:35.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 8 April 2020 at 02:35

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 249 / 1202

The Moon is 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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 perigee

5 days after point of perigee on 10 March 2020 at 06:33 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 24 March 2020 at 15:23 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 375 468 km

Moon is 375 468 km (233 305 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 690 km (252 705 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 days 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 day, 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

10 days 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 before southern standstill

10 days after previous North standstill on 5 March 2020 at 01:34 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.441°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.540° in the next southern standstill on 17 March 2020 at 14:07 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 8 days

After 8 days on 24 March 2020 at 09:28 in ♈ Aries, 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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