Full Moon
Full MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

Full Moon in Virgo

Full Moon on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 100%. Lunar cycle is 14 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Full Moon phase is on 17 March 2079 at 13:45 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♍ Virgo

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♎ Libra later.

It is Worm Moon

The Full Moon these days is the Worm of March 2079.

Spring tide

There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1836"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1836" and ∠1928".

Lunation 979 / 1932

The Moon is 14 days old and navigating through the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 979 of Meeus index or 1932 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.49 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 41 minutes and it is 2 hours and 14 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 3 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 6 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠296.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠296.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠322.3°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since point of perigee on 8 March 2079 at 01:47 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 23 March 2079 at 14:17 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 390 446 km

The Moon is 390 446 km (242 612 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 575 km (251 391 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 days after ascending node on 7 March 2079 at 01:24 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 20 March 2079 at 07:24 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon after northern standstill

5 days since the last northern standstill on 11 March 2079 at 13:15 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.915° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.001° at the point of next southern standstill on 25 March 2079 at 16:26 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

10 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy

The Moon is in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov