Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 28 March 2018 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days 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.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1945" and ∠1922".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2018 after 3 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 11 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 26 March 2018 at 17:17 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 8 April 2018 at 05:32 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 368 506 km (228 979 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 145 km (251 124 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 27 March 2018 at 10:56 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 10 April 2018 at 08:09 in ♒ Aquarius.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 25 March 2018 at 02:04 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.210°. Next 10 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 3 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.