Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 3 March 2023 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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

Waxing Gibbous 86% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 86% and growing larger. The 11 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 27 February 2023 at 08:06.

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 leaving the last ∠2° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♌ Leo later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1935".

Worm Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2023 after 4 days on 7 March 2023 at 12:40.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Virgo ♍ on 7 March 2023 at 12:40
  • Last Quarter in Sagittarius ♐ on 15 March 2023 at 02:08
  • New Moon in Pisces ♓ on 21 March 2023 at 17:23
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 29 March 2023 at 02:32

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 286 / 1239

The Moon is 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 286 of Meeus index or 1239 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.43 days

Length of current 286 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 17 minutes. It is 32 minutes shorter than next lunation 287 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 27 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 42 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠15.6°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠15.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠34.1°. 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 in apogee

Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 18:01, this is 12 days after last perigee on 19 February 2023 at 09:06 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 16 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 19 March 2023 at 15:16 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Distance to Moon 405 890 km

This apogee Moon is 405 890 km (252 208 mi) away from Earth. It is 482 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 819 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

6 days after its ascending node on 24 February 2023 at 18:56 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 11 March 2023 at 08:53 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon after northern standstill

1 day after previous North standstill on 1 March 2023 at 14:09 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.716°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.831° in the next southern standstill on 15 March 2023 at 21:43 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 4 days

After 4 days on 7 March 2023 at 12:40 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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