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Moon phase on 30 March 2023 Thursday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2023 | March 2023

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 63% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 29 March 2023 at 02:32 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1771"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1921".

Pink Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2023 after 6 days on 6 April 2023 at 04:35.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 287 / 1240

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 287 of Meeus index or 1240 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.45 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 49 minutes. It is 52 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 55 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 14 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠34.1°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠34.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠59.2°.

Moon before perigee

10 days after point of perigee on 19 March 2023 at 15:16 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 31 March 2023 at 11:18 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 404 779 km

The Moon is 404 779 km (251 518 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 921 km (251 606 mi).

Moon after ascending node

6 days after ascending node on 24 March 2023 at 02:08 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 7 April 2023 at 13:51 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

6 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the previous standstill on 28 March 2023 at 21:29 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.898°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.947° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 April 2023 at 03:15 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 6 April 2023 at 04:35 in ♎ Libra the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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