Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 3 January 2015 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | January 2015

Waxing Gibbous phase
Waxing Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Gibbous 97% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 97% and growing larger. The 13 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 28 December 2014 at 18:31.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1836"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1836" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2015 after 1 day on 5 January 2015 at 04:53.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 185 / 1138

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 185 of Meeus index or 1138 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.48 days

Length of current 185 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 38 minutes. It is 1 hour and 4 minutes longer than next lunation 186 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 6 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 3 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠318°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠318°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠338.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Moon before apogee

9 days after point of perigee on 24 December 2014 at 16:43 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 9 January 2015 at 18:17 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 390 478 km

Moon is 390 478 km (242 632 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 411 km (251 911 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after its descending node on 29 December 2014 at 09:27 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 12 January 2015 at 15:33 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon in northern standstill

At 17:53 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠18.650°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2015. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-18.577° in its southern standstill point on 18 January 2015 at 06:17 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 1 day

After 1 day on 5 January 2015 at 04:53 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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