Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 18 March 2021 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 13 March 2021 at 10:21.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1927".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2021 after 10 days on 28 March 2021 at 18:48.
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 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 262 of Meeus index or 1215 from Brown series.
Length of current 262 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 10 minutes. It is 19 minutes shorter than next lunation 263 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 26 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 37 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠124.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠154.8°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 05:04, this is 15 days after last perigee on 2 March 2021 at 05:19 in ♎ Libra. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 30 March 2021 at 06:12 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 405 253 km (251 813 mi) away from Earth. It is 155 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 456 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
12 days after its descending node on 6 March 2021 at 00:56 in ♐ Sagittarius, 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 20 March 2021 at 03:31 in ♊ Gemini.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
10 days after previous South standstill on 7 March 2021 at 20:45 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.161°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.307° in the next northern standstill on 22 March 2021 at 08:35 in ♋ Cancer.
After 10 days on 28 March 2021 at 18:48 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.