Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 23 March 2022 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 18 March 2022 at 07:17.
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 ∠10° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1925".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2022 after 24 days on 16 April 2022 at 18:55.
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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 274 of Meeus index or 1227 from Brown series.
Length of current 274 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 50 minutes. It is 1 hour and 14 minutes shorter than next lunation 275 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 57 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠56.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠89.8°. 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 perigee on this date at 23:28, this is 13 days after last apogee on 10 March 2022 at 23:05 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 7 April 2022 at 19:11 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 369 764 km (229 761 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2022. It is 7 256 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 592 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after its descending node on 22 March 2022 at 08:12 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 4 April 2022 at 13:05 in ♉ Taurus.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 12 March 2022 at 00:14 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.674°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.787° in the next southern standstill on 25 March 2022 at 11:58 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 8 days on 1 April 2022 at 06:24 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.