Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 12 March 2016 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 9 March 2016 at 01:54.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1930".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2016 after 11 days on 23 March 2016 at 12:01.
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 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 200 of Meeus index or 1153 from Brown series.
Length of current 200 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 29 minutes. It is 1 hour and 23 minutes longer than next lunation 201 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 15 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 54 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠339.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠355.6°. 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°).
2 days after point of perigee on 10 March 2016 at 07:02 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 25 March 2016 at 14:16 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 364 100 km (226 241 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 13 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 125 km (252 354 mi).
3 days after its descending node on 9 March 2016 at 06:31 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 22 March 2016 at 12:59 in ♍ Virgo.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 3 March 2016 at 14:19 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.210°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.206° in the next northern standstill on 16 March 2016 at 05:01 in ♋ Cancer.
After 11 days on 23 March 2016 at 12:01 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.