Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 17 March 2011 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 12 March 2011 at 23:45.
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 ∠25° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1955" and ∠1928".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2011 after 2 days on 19 March 2011 at 18:10.
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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 138 of Meeus index or 1091 from Brown series.
Length of current 138 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 46 minutes. It is 1 hour and 28 minutes longer than next lunation 139 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 2 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 1 minute shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠167°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠190.9°. 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°).
11 days after point of apogee on 6 March 2011 at 07:50 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 March 2011 at 19:09 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 366 621 km (227 808 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 578 km (221 567 mi).
4 days after its descending node on 13 March 2011 at 11:55 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 25 March 2011 at 21:09 in ♐ Sagittarius.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 12 March 2011 at 17:06 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.825°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.716° in the next southern standstill on 25 March 2011 at 05:02 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 days on 19 March 2011 at 18:10 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.