Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 9 March 2023 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Libra.

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

Waning Gibbous 96% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 96% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 7 March 2023 at 12:40.

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 ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1824"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1824" and ∠1932".

Worm Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2023 after 27 days on 6 April 2023 at 04:35.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 6 April 2023 at 04:35

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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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 after apogee

5 days after point of apogee on 3 March 2023 at 18:01 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 March 2023 at 15:16 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Distance to Moon 392 949 km

Moon is 392 949 km (244 167 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 362 698 km (225 370 mi).

Moon before descending node

12 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 day, 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

12 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 before southern standstill

7 days after previous North standstill on 1 March 2023 at 14:09 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.716°. Next 6 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 12 days

After 12 days on 21 March 2023 at 17:23 in ♓ Pisces, 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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