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Moon phase on 6 March 2017 Monday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2017 | March 2017

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 61% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 61% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 5 March 2017 at 11:32 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1962"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1962" and ∠1934".

Worm Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2017 after 6 days on 12 March 2017 at 14:54.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Virgo ♍ on 12 March 2017 at 14:54
  • Last Quarter in Sagittarius ♐ on 20 March 2017 at 15:58
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 28 March 2017 at 02:57
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 3 April 2017 at 18:39

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 212 / 1165

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 212 of Meeus index or 1165 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.5 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 59 minutes. It is 2 hours and 40 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 45 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 24 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠295°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠295°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠321.4°.

Moon after perigee

3 days after point of perigee on 3 March 2017 at 07:24 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 18 March 2017 at 17:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 365 353 km

The Moon is 365 353 km (227 020 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 651 km (251 438 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after descending node on 26 February 2017 at 06:28 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 11 March 2017 at 04:17 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

22 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the previous standstill on 21 February 2017 at 20:50 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.848°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠18.861° at the point of next northern standstill on 7 March 2017 at 00:43 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 12 March 2017 at 14:54 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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