Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 9 March 2012 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | March 2012

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

Waning Gibbous 98% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 98% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 8 March 2012 at 09:40.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.

Moon is entering ♎ Libra

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1954"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1954" and ∠1932".

Worm Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2012 after 28 days on 6 April 2012 at 19:19.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Sagittarius ♐ on 15 March 2012 at 01:25
  • New Moon in Pisces ♓ on 22 March 2012 at 14:37
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 30 March 2012 at 19:41
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 6 April 2012 at 19:19

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 150 / 1103

The Moon is 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 150 of Meeus index or 1103 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.67 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 3 minutes. It is 38 minutes shorter 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 3 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 44 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠107.8°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠107.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠142.2°.

Moon before apogee

10 days after point of apogee on 27 February 2012 at 14:01 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 March 2012 at 10:02 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 366 833 km

The Moon is 366 833 km (227 939 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 401 km (225 186 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after descending node on 29 February 2012 at 22:37 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 13 March 2012 at 20:41 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon before southern standstill

7 days since the previous standstill on 1 March 2012 at 16:13 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.150°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-22.032° at the point of next southern standstill on 14 March 2012 at 14:09 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 22 March 2012 at 14:37 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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