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Moon phase on 26 February 2015 Thursday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | February 2015

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 58% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 25 February 2015 at 17:14 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1858"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1858" and ∠1938".

Worm Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2015 after 7 days on 5 March 2015 at 18:06.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Virgo ♍ on 5 March 2015 at 18:06
  • Last Quarter in Sagittarius ♐ on 13 March 2015 at 17:48
  • New Moon in Pisces ♓ on 20 March 2015 at 09:36
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 27 March 2015 at 07:43

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 187 / 1140

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 187 of Meeus index or 1140 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.41 days

Length of current 187 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 49 minutes. It is 28 minutes longer than next lunation 188 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 55 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 14 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠354.5°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠354.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠9.9°. 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 before apogee

7 days after point of perigee on 19 February 2015 at 07:29 in ♓ Pisces. 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 5 March 2015 at 07:35 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 385 752 km

Moon is 385 752 km (239 695 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 386 km (252 517 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after its descending node on 21 February 2015 at 16:05 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 7 March 2015 at 21:04 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 before northern standstill

11 days after previous South standstill on 14 February 2015 at 17:17 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.402°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.335° in the next northern standstill on 27 February 2015 at 07:19 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 5 March 2015 at 18:06 in ♍ Virgo, 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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