Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 4 March 2016 Friday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | March 2016

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

Waning Crescent 25% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 25% and getting smaller. The 24 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 1 March 2016 at 23:11.

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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1857"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1857" and ∠1934".

Worm Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2016 after 19 days on 23 March 2016 at 12:01.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Pisces ♓ on 9 March 2016 at 01:54
  • First Quarter in Gemini ♊ on 15 March 2016 at 17:03
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 23 March 2016 at 12:01
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 31 March 2016 at 15:17

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 199 / 1152

The Moon is 24 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.

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Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 16 minutes. It is 1 hour and 47 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 28 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 41 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠319.8°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠319.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠339.5°.

Moon before apogee

6 days after point of apogee on 27 February 2016 at 03:28 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 March 2016 at 07:02 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 385 916 km

The Moon is 385 916 km (239 797 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 509 km (223 389 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 24 February 2016 at 06:10 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 9 March 2016 at 06:31 in ♓ Pisces.

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Draconic month

9 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the previous standstill on 3 March 2016 at 14:19 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.210°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.206° at the point of next northern standstill on 16 March 2016 at 05:01 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 9 March 2016 at 01:54 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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