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Moon phase on 31 March 2012 Saturday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 30 March 2012 at 19:41 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1830" and ∠1920".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2012 after 6 days on 6 April 2012 at 19:19.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 151 of Meeus index or 1104 from Brown series.
Length of current 151 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 41 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2012. It is 12 minutes longer than next lunation 152 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 57 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 6 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠142.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠168.7°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
5 days after point of apogee on 26 March 2012 at 06:04 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 7 April 2012 at 16:59 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 391 571 km (243 311 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 314 km (222 646 mi).
3 days after its descending node on 28 March 2012 at 00:19 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 10 April 2012 at 00:47 in ♐ Sagittarius.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 28 March 2012 at 23:40 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.890°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.814° in the next southern standstill on 10 April 2012 at 21:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 6 April 2012 at 19:19 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.