Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 20 March 2048 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 14 March 2048 at 14:28.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1926".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2048 after 9 days on 30 March 2048 at 02:04.
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 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 596 of Meeus index or 1549 from Brown series.
Length of current 596 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 52 minutes. It is 46 minutes shorter than next lunation 597 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 8 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 55 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠100.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠135.6°. 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 14:41, this is 15 days after last perigee on 5 March 2048 at 02:21 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 1 April 2048 at 10:10 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 404 637 km (251 430 mi) away from Earth. It is 771 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 072 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
11 days after its ascending node on 8 March 2048 at 14:31 in ♐ Sagittarius, 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 22 March 2048 at 14:49 in ♊ Gemini.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous South standstill on 7 March 2048 at 13:15 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.235°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠24.093° in the next northern standstill on 21 March 2048 at 12:10 in ♊ Gemini.
After 9 days on 30 March 2048 at 02:04 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.