Moon ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 23 March 2024 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 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 ∠14° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1924".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2024 after 1 day on 25 March 2024 at 07:00.
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.
The Moon is 13 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 15:44, this is 13 days after last perigee on 10 March 2024 at 07:06 in ♓ Pisces. 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 7 April 2024 at 17:53 in ♓ Pisces.
This apogee Moon is 406 292 km (252 458 mi) away from Earth. It is 884 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 417 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
11 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 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 26 March 2024 at 04:07 in ♎ Libra.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 17 March 2024 at 14:45 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.526°. Next 8 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 1 day 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.