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Moon phase on 15 March 2023 Wednesday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 45% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 15 March 2023 at 02:08 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1952" and ∠1929".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2023 after 21 days on 6 April 2023 at 04:35.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last 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°).
11 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 4 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 March 2023 at 15:16 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 367 214 km (228 176 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 362 698 km (225 370 mi).
4 days after its descending node on 11 March 2023 at 08:53 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 March 2023 at 02:08 in ♉ Taurus.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 21:43 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-27.831°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠27.898° in its northern standstill point on 28 March 2023 at 21:29 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 21 March 2023 at 17:23 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.