Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 16 March 2019 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 14 March 2019 at 10:27.
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 about ∠22° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1957" and ∠1929".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2019 after 4 days on 21 March 2019 at 01:43.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
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 237 of Meeus index or 1190 from Brown series.
Length of current 237 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 47 minutes. It is 2 hours and 52 minutes longer than next lunation 238 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 2 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠200.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠228.7°. 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°).
12 days after point of apogee on 4 March 2019 at 11:25 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 March 2019 at 19:47 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 366 198 km (227 545 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 381 km (223 309 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 16:22 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 29 March 2019 at 13:08 in ♑ Capricorn.
At 16:22 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
1 day after previous North standstill on 15 March 2019 at 17:59 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.761°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.863° in the next southern standstill on 28 March 2019 at 13:02 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 4 days on 21 March 2019 at 01:43 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.