Crescent ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 17 March 2018 Saturday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Pisces.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1838" and ∠1928".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2018 after 14 days on 31 March 2018 at 12:37.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 13:12 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 225 of Meeus index or 1178 from Brown series.
29 days, 12 hours and 46 minutes is the length of new lunation 225. It is 2 hours and 55 minutes longer than next lunation 226 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 7 hours and 1 minute shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠262.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠296.5°. 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°).
6 days after point of apogee on 11 March 2018 at 09:13 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 March 2018 at 17:17 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 389 977 km (242 320 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 104 km (229 351 mi).
3 days after its descending node on 14 March 2018 at 03:48 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 27 March 2018 at 10:56 in ♌ Leo.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
6 days after previous South standstill on 11 March 2018 at 06:39 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.112°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.210° in the next northern standstill on 25 March 2018 at 02:04 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.