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Moon phase on 30 March 2023 Thursday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
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.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1921".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2023 after 6 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 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.
Length of current 287 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 49 minutes. It is 52 minutes shorter than next lunation 288 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 55 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 14 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠34.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠59.2°. 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°).
10 days after point of perigee on 19 March 2023 at 15:16 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 31 March 2023 at 11:18 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 404 779 km (251 518 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 921 km (251 606 mi).
6 days after its ascending node on 24 March 2023 at 02:08 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 7 April 2023 at 13:51 in ♎ Libra.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 28 March 2023 at 21:29 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.898°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.947° in the next southern standstill on 12 April 2023 at 03:15 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 6 April 2023 at 04:35 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.