Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 21 March 2024 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 17 March 2024 at 04:11.
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 ∠20° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1780" and ∠1926".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2024 after 3 days on 25 March 2024 at 07:00.
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 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 299 of Meeus index or 1252 from Brown series.
Length of current 299 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 20 minutes. It is 19 minutes longer than next lunation 300 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 24 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 45 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠1.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠17.2°. 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°).
11 days after point of perigee on 10 March 2024 at 07:06 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 23 March 2024 at 15:44 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 402 710 km (250 232 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 292 km (252 458 mi).
9 days after its ascending node on 12 March 2024 at 01:18 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 26 March 2024 at 04:07 in ♎ Libra.
9 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 17 March 2024 at 14:45 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.526°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.559° in the next southern standstill on 1 April 2024 at 08:58 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 3 days on 25 March 2024 at 07:00 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.