Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 3 March 2017 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 26 February 2017 at 14:58.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1935".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2017 after 9 days on 12 March 2017 at 14:54.
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 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 212 of Meeus index or 1165 from Brown series.
Length of current 212 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 59 minutes. It is 2 hours and 40 minutes longer than next lunation 213 length.
Length of current synodic month is 45 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 24 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠295°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠321.4°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 07:24, this is 12 days after last apogee on 18 February 2017 at 21:14 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 18 March 2017 at 17:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This perigee Moon is 369 065 km (229 326 mi) away from Earth. It is 6 557 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 1 291 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
5 days after its descending node on 26 February 2017 at 06:28 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 11 March 2017 at 04:17 in ♍ Virgo.
19 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 21 February 2017 at 20:50 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.848°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.861° in the next northern standstill on 7 March 2017 at 00:43 in ♋ Cancer.
After 9 days on 12 March 2017 at 14:54 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.