Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 18 March 2001 Sunday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 16 March 2001 at 20:45.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1778" and ∠1927".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2001 after 20 days on 8 April 2001 at 03:22.
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.
The Moon is 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 14 of Meeus index or 967 from Brown series.
Length of current 14 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 1 minute. It is 2 hours and 55 minutes longer than next lunation 15 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 16 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 47 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠202.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠232.3°. 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°).
10 days after point of perigee on 8 March 2001 at 08:55 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 20 March 2001 at 11:25 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 403 020 km (250 425 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 473 km (251 949 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♑ Capricorn at 04:58 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 1 April 2001 at 09:01 in ♋ Cancer.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
At 03:47 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-22.857°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠23.007° in its northern standstill point on 1 April 2001 at 10:45 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 25 March 2001 at 01:21 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.