Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 11 March 2018 Sunday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 9 March 2018 at 11:20.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1931".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2018 after 20 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 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 09:13, this is 11 days after last perigee on 27 February 2018 at 14:48 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 26 March 2018 at 17:17 in ♋ Cancer.
This apogee Moon is 404 682 km (251 458 mi) away from Earth. It is 726 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 027 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
11 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 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 14 March 2018 at 03:48 in ♒ Aquarius.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 06:39 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-20.112°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠20.210° in its northern standstill point on 25 March 2018 at 02:04 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 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.