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Moon phase on 9 March 2018 Friday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 50% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 9 March 2018 at 11:20 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1777" and ∠1932".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2018 after 22 days on 31 March 2018 at 12:37.
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.
The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 224 of Meeus index or 1177 from Brown series.
Length of current 224 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 6 minutes. It is 3 hours and 20 minutes longer than next lunation 225 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 22 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 41 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠227.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠262.6°. 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°).
9 days after point of perigee on 27 February 2018 at 14:48 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 11 March 2018 at 09:13 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 403 395 km (250 658 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 682 km (251 458 mi).
9 days after its ascending node on 28 February 2018 at 05:03 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 14 March 2018 at 03:48 in ♒ Aquarius.
9 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 25 February 2018 at 20:07 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.056°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.112° in the next southern standstill on 11 March 2018 at 06:39 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 8 days on 17 March 2018 at 13:12 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.