Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 26 March 2018 Monday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 24 March 2018 at 15:35.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1923".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2018 after 5 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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 225 of Meeus index or 1178 from Brown series.
Length of current 225 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 46 minutes. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 17:17, this is 15 days after last apogee on 11 March 2018 at 09:13 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 8 April 2018 at 05:32 in ♑ Capricorn.
This perigee Moon is 369 104 km (229 351 mi) away from Earth. It is 6 596 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 1 252 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
12 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 27 March 2018 at 10:56 in ♌ Leo.
26 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 25 March 2018 at 02:04 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.210°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.320° in the next southern standstill on 7 April 2018 at 14:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 5 days on 31 March 2018 at 12:37 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.