Moon* ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 11 March 2017 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 5 March 2017 at 11:32.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1862" and ∠1931".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2017 after 1 day 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 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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°).
8 days after point of perigee on 3 March 2017 at 07:24 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 18 March 2017 at 17:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 385 011 km (239 235 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 7 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 651 km (251 438 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♍ Virgo at 04:17 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 25 March 2017 at 15:41 in ♒ Aquarius.
At 04:17 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
4 days after previous North standstill on 7 March 2017 at 00:43 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.861°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.912° in the next southern standstill on 21 March 2017 at 05:22 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 1 day 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.