Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 12 March 2008 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2008 | March 2008

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

Waxing Crescent 28% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 28% and growing larger. The 5 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 7 March 2008 at 17:14.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♊ Gemini later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1930".

Worm Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2008 after 9 days on 21 March 2008 at 18:40.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Gemini ♊ on 14 March 2008 at 10:46
  • Full Moon in Virgo ♍ on 21 March 2008 at 18:40
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 29 March 2008 at 21:47
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 6 April 2008 at 03:55

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 101 / 1054

The Moon is 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 101 of Meeus index or 1054 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.45 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 41 minutes. It is 2 hours and 18 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 3 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 6 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠310.8°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠310.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠332.7°.

Moon after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 10 March 2008 at 21:39 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 14 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 26 March 2008 at 20:13 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 363 301 km

The Moon is 363 301 km (225 745 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 14 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 094 km (251 714 mi).

Moon after ascending node

6 days after ascending node on 6 March 2008 at 06:52 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 19 March 2008 at 02:53 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

6 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the previous standstill on 1 March 2008 at 08:03 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.030°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠27.985° at the point of next northern standstill on 14 March 2008 at 11:33 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 days on 21 March 2008 at 18:40 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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