Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 16 March 2024 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 7 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 43% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 43% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 6 days on 10 March 2024 at 09:00.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1871"

Lunar disc appears visually 3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1871" and ∠1928".

Worm Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2024 after 8 days on 25 March 2024 at 07:00.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Gemini ♊ on 17 March 2024 at 04:11
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 25 March 2024 at 07:00
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 2 April 2024 at 03:15
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 8 April 2024 at 18:21

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Lunation 299 / 1252

The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 299 of Meeus index or 1252 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.39 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 20 minutes. It is 19 minutes longer 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 3 hours and 24 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 45 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠1.4°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠1.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠17.2°.

Moon after perigee

6 days after point of perigee on 10 March 2024 at 07:06 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 23 March 2024 at 15:44 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 383 037 km

The Moon is 383 037 km (238 008 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 292 km (252 458 mi).

Moon after ascending node

4 days after ascending node on 12 March 2024 at 01:18 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 26 March 2024 at 04:07 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

4 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the previous standstill on 5 March 2024 at 02:03 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.477°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠28.526° at the point of next northern standstill on 17 March 2024 at 14:45 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 25 March 2024 at 07:00 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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