Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 31 March 2021 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 28 March 2021 at 18:48.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1920".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2021 after 26 days on 27 April 2021 at 03:31.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 30 March 2021 at 06:12 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 14 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 14 April 2021 at 17:47 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 363 297 km (225 742 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 14 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 120 km (252 351 mi).
11 days after its ascending node on 20 March 2021 at 03:31 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 2 April 2021 at 02:41 in ♐ Sagittarius.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 22 March 2021 at 08:35 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.307°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.412° in the next southern standstill on 4 April 2021 at 02:08 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 11 days on 12 April 2021 at 02:31 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.