Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 26 March 2018 Monday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2018 | March 2018

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

Waxing Gibbous 71% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 71% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 24 March 2018 at 15:35.

Moonrise and moonset

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 entering ♌ Leo

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1970"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1923".

Worm Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2018 after 5 days on 31 March 2018 at 12:37.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 31 March 2018 at 12:37
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 8 April 2018 at 07:18
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 16 April 2018 at 01:57
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 22 April 2018 at 21:46

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 225 / 1178

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.

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Synodic month length 29.53 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 46 minutes. It is 2 hours and 55 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 7 hours and 1 minute shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠262.6°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠262.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠296.5°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 17:17. It is 15 days after previous apogee on 11 March 2018 at 09:13 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next apogee on 8 April 2018 at 05:32 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 369 104 km

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 further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

12 days after descending node on 14 March 2018 at 03:48 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 27 March 2018 at 10:56 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

26 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the previous standstill on 25 March 2018 at 02:04 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.210°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-20.320° at the point of next southern standstill on 7 April 2018 at 14:37 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 31 March 2018 at 12:37 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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