Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 20 March 2023 Monday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Pisces.

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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 2% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 2% and getting smaller. The 28 days old Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 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 ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1955"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1955" and ∠1927".

Pink Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2023 after 16 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

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 28 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 after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 19 March 2023 at 15:16 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 31 March 2023 at 11:18 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 366 665 km

Moon is 366 665 km (227 835 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 921 km (251 606 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 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 3 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

23 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

4 days after previous South standstill on 15 March 2023 at 21:43 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.831°. Next 8 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 1 day

After 1 day 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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