Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 12 March 2010 Friday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 7 March 2010 at 15:42.
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 ∠15° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1931".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2010 after 17 days on 30 March 2010 at 02:25.
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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 125 of Meeus index or 1078 from Brown series.
Length of current 125 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 10 minutes. It is 2 hours and 42 minutes longer than next lunation 126 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 26 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 37 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠188.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠215.2°. 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 is reaching point of apogee on this date at 10:07, this is 12 days after last perigee on 27 February 2010 at 21:40 in ♌ Leo. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 28 March 2010 at 04:56 in ♍ Virgo.
This apogee Moon is 406 011 km (252 284 mi) away from Earth. It is 603 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 698 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
2 days after its ascending node on 10 March 2010 at 08:07 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 March 2010 at 13:05 in ♋ Cancer.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous South standstill on 7 March 2010 at 21:18 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.566°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.420° in the next northern standstill on 22 March 2010 at 12:15 in ♊ Gemini.
After 3 days on 15 March 2010 at 21:01 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.