Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 16 March 2068 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 10 March 2068 at 19:26.
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 first ∠0° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1928".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2068 after 2 days on 18 March 2068 at 22:56.
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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 843 of Meeus index or 1796 from Brown series.
Length of current 843 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 14 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2068. It is 2 minutes shorter than next lunation 844 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 30 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 39 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠3.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠19.9°. 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 22:03, this is 13 days after last perigee on 3 March 2068 at 18:11 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 1 April 2068 at 04:33 in ♓ Pisces.
This apogee Moon is 406 376 km (252 510 mi) away from Earth. It is 968 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 333 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
6 days after its descending node on 9 March 2068 at 14:23 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 March 2068 at 05:33 in ♐ Sagittarius.
19 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 10 March 2068 at 14:54 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.781°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.636° in the next southern standstill on 25 March 2068 at 09:16 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 days on 18 March 2068 at 22:56 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.