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Moon phase on 28 March 2015 Saturday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | March 2015

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

First Quarter 62% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 62% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 27 March 2015 at 07:43 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1808"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1808" and ∠1922".

Pink Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2015 after 7 days on 4 April 2015 at 12:06.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 4 April 2015 at 12:06
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 12 April 2015 at 03:44
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 18 April 2015 at 18:57
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 25 April 2015 at 23:55

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 188 / 1141

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 188 of Meeus index or 1141 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.39 days

Length of current 188 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 21 minutes. It is 5 minutes longer than next lunation 189 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 23 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 46 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠9.9°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠9.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠27.1°. 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

8 days after point of perigee on 19 March 2015 at 19:38 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 1 April 2015 at 12:59 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 396 533 km

Moon is 396 533 km (246 394 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 012 km (252 284 mi).

Moon before ascending node

7 days after its descending node on 21 March 2015 at 02:19 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 4 April 2015 at 03:17 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

20 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 after northern standstill

1 day after previous North standstill on 26 March 2015 at 14:29 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.241°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.250° in the next southern standstill on 10 April 2015 at 07:46 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 4 April 2015 at 12:06 in ♎ Libra, 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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