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Moon phase on 16 March 2073 Thursday is First Quarter, 7 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2073 | March 2073

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

First Quarter 45% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 45% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 16 March 2073 at 22:44 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1850"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1850" and ∠1928".

Worm Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2073 after 7 days on 23 March 2073 at 17:17.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Virgo ♍ on 23 March 2073 at 17:17
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 30 March 2073 at 11:04
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 7 April 2073 at 14:14
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 15 April 2073 at 10:36

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 905 / 1858

The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 905 of Meeus index or 1858 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.75 days

Length of current 905 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 58 minutes. It is 1 hour and 57 minutes longer than next lunation 906 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 14 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 49 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠168.4°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠168.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠192.2°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Moon after apogee

6 days after point of apogee on 10 March 2073 at 03:57 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 23 March 2073 at 16:57 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 387 419 km

Moon is 387 419 km (240 731 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 721 km (221 656 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after its descending node on 7 March 2073 at 07:16 in ♓ Pisces, 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 21 March 2073 at 12:15 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

13 days after previous South standstill on 2 March 2073 at 23:21 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-19.001°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠19.057° in the next northern standstill on 17 March 2073 at 17:57 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 23 March 2073 at 17:17 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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