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Moon phase on 16 March 2031 Sunday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 47% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 16 March 2031 at 06:36 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1929".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2031 after 22 days on 7 April 2031 at 17:21.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 385 of Meeus index or 1338 from Brown series.
Length of current 385 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 1 minute. It is 1 hour and 8 minutes shorter than next lunation 386 length.
Length of current synodic month is 44 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 25 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠41.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠70.3°. 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°).
13 days after point of apogee on 2 March 2031 at 18:57 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 17 March 2031 at 18:58 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 363 357 km (225 780 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 634 km (229 680 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 14 March 2031 at 11:38 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 27 March 2031 at 14:22 in ♉ Taurus.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 15 March 2031 at 19:06 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.353°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.242° in the next northern standstill on 29 March 2031 at 04:58 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 23 March 2031 at 03:49 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.