Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 3 March 2011 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2011 | March 2011

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

Waning Crescent 2% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 2% and getting smaller. The 28 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 24 February 2011 at 23:26.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♓ Pisces later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1781"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1781" and ∠1935".

Worm Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2011 after 16 days on 19 March 2011 at 18:10.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Pisces ♓ on 4 March 2011 at 20:46
  • First Quarter in Gemini ♊ on 12 March 2011 at 23:45
  • Full Moon in Virgo ♍ on 19 March 2011 at 18:10
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 26 March 2011 at 12:07

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 137 / 1090

The Moon is 28 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 137 of Meeus index or 1090 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.76 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 15 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2011. It is 29 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 31 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 32 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠139.2°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠139.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠167°.

Moon before perigee

12 days after point of perigee on 19 February 2011 at 07:27 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 6 March 2011 at 07:50 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 402 394 km

The Moon is 402 394 km (250 036 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 584 km (252 640 mi).

Moon after ascending node

4 days after ascending node on 26 February 2011 at 20:19 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 13 March 2011 at 11:55 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

4 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon after southern standstill

5 days since the previous standstill on 25 February 2011 at 22:13 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.985°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠23.825° at the point of next northern standstill on 12 March 2011 at 17:06 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 4 March 2011 at 20:46 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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