Moon* ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 20 March 2008 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 14 March 2008 at 10:46.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1839" and ∠1926".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2008 after 1 day on 21 March 2008 at 18:40.
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.
The Moon is 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 101 of Meeus index or 1054 from Brown series.
Length of current 101 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 41 minutes. It is 2 hours and 18 minutes longer than next lunation 102 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 3 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 6 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠310.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠332.7°. 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°).
9 days after point of perigee on 10 March 2008 at 21:39 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 March 2008 at 20:13 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 389 799 km (242 210 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 094 km (251 714 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 19 March 2008 at 02:53 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 2 April 2008 at 15:18 in ♒ Aquarius.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 14 March 2008 at 11:33 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.985°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.898° in the next southern standstill on 28 March 2008 at 16:00 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 1 day on 21 March 2008 at 18:40 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.