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Moon phase on 18 March 2023 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 25 days old Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2023 | March 2023

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

Waning Crescent 14% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 14% and getting smaller. The 25 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 15 March 2023 at 02:08.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1928".

Pink Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2023 after 18 days on 6 April 2023 at 04:35.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 13 April 2023 at 09:11

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 286 / 1239

The Moon is 25 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 before perigee

14 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 day, 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 363 389 km

Moon is 363 389 km (225 799 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 362 698 km (225 370 mi).

Moon before ascending node

7 days after its descending node on 11 March 2023 at 08:53 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 March 2023 at 02:08 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after southern standstill

2 days after previous South standstill on 15 March 2023 at 21:43 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.831°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.898° in the next northern standstill on 28 March 2023 at 21:29 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 3 days

After 3 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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