Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 31 March 2017 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2017 | March 2017

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 15% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 15% and growing larger. The 4 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 28 March 2017 at 02:57.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♊ Gemini later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1972"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1920".

Pink Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2017 after 10 days on 11 April 2017 at 06:08.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 3 April 2017 at 18:39
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 11 April 2017 at 06:08
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 19 April 2017 at 09:57
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 26 April 2017 at 12:16

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 213 / 1166

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 213 of Meeus index or 1166 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.39 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 19 minutes. It is 1 hour and 51 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 3 hours and 25 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 44 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠321.4°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠321.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠340.4°.

Moon after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 30 March 2017 at 12:39 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 14 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 15 April 2017 at 10:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 363 521 km

The Moon is 363 521 km (225 881 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 14 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 478 km (251 952 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after descending node on 25 March 2017 at 15:41 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 7 April 2017 at 09:14 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

20 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the previous standstill on 21 March 2017 at 05:22 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.912°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.984° at the point of next northern standstill on 3 April 2017 at 06:12 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 11 April 2017 at 06:08 in ♎ Libra 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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