Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 3 March 2016 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 1 March 2016 at 23:11.
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 first ∠1° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1835" and ∠1935".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2016 after 20 days on 23 March 2016 at 12:01.
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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 199 of Meeus index or 1152 from Brown series.
Length of current 199 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 16 minutes. It is 1 hour and 47 minutes longer than next lunation 200 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 28 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 41 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠319.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠339.5°. 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°).
5 days after point of apogee on 27 February 2016 at 03:28 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 10 March 2016 at 07:02 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 390 702 km (242 771 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 509 km (223 389 mi).
8 days after its ascending node on 24 February 2016 at 06:10 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 9 March 2016 at 06:31 in ♓ Pisces.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 14:19 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-18.210°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2016. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠18.206° in its northern standstill point on 16 March 2016 at 05:01 in ♋ Cancer.
After 5 days on 9 March 2016 at 01:54 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.