Gibbous ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 8 March 2023 Wednesday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1806" and ∠1933".
The Full Moon this days is the Worm of March 2023.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 286 of Meeus index or 1239 from Brown series.
Length of current 286 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 17 minutes. It is 32 minutes shorter than next lunation 287 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 27 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 42 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠15.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠34.1°. 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°).
4 days after point of apogee on 3 March 2023 at 18:01 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 March 2023 at 15:16 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 396 933 km (246 643 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 362 698 km (225 370 mi).
11 days after its ascending node on 24 February 2023 at 18:56 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 11 March 2023 at 08:53 in ♏ Scorpio.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 1 March 2023 at 14:09 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.716°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.831° in the next southern standstill on 15 March 2023 at 21:43 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.