Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 15 March 2017 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2017 | March 2017

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

Waning Gibbous 92% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 92% and getting smaller. The 17 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 12 March 2017 at 14:54.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.

Moon in ♎ Libra

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♏ Scorpio later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1787"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1787" and ∠1929".

Worm Moon before 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2017 after 26 days on 11 April 2017 at 06:08.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 11 April 2017 at 06:08

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 212 / 1165

The Moon is 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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 before perigee

12 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 3 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 401 178 km

The Moon is 401 178 km (249 280 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 651 km (251 438 mi).

Moon after ascending node

4 days after ascending node on 11 March 2017 at 04:17 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 25 March 2017 at 15:41 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

4 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 before southern standstill

8 days since the previous standstill on 7 March 2017 at 00:43 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.861°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.912° at the point of next southern standstill on 21 March 2017 at 05:22 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 28 March 2017 at 02:57 in ♈ Aries 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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