Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 31 March 2023 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 29 March 2023 at 02:32.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1920".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2023 after 5 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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 11:18, this is 11 days after last perigee on 19 March 2023 at 15:16 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 16 April 2023 at 02:22 in ♓ Pisces.
This apogee Moon is 404 921 km (251 606 mi) away from Earth. It is 487 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 788 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
7 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 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 7 April 2023 at 13:51 in ♎ Libra.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 28 March 2023 at 21:29 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.898°. Next 11 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 5 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.