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Moon phase on 16 March 2020 Monday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | March 2020

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

Last Quarter 49% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 49% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 16 March 2020 at 09:34 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Moon in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1886"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1886" and ∠1928".

Pink Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2020 after 22 days on 8 April 2020 at 02:35.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 14 April 2020 at 22:56

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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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

6 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 8 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 380 133 km

Moon is 380 133 km (236 204 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 690 km (252 705 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 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

11 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

11 days after previous North standstill on 5 March 2020 at 01:34 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.441°. Next day 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 7 days

After 7 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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