Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 3 April 2015 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 14 days young Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | April 2015

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

Waxing Gibbous 99% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 99% and growing larger. The 14 days young Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

7 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 7 days on 27 March 2015 at 07:43.

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 is entering ♎ Libra

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1773"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1773" and ∠1919".

Pink Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2015 after 1 day 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

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 188 / 1141

The Moon is 14 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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 after apogee

1 day after point of apogee on 1 April 2015 at 12:59 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 17 April 2015 at 03:53 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 404 343 km

Moon is 404 343 km (251 247 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 13 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 026 km (224 331 mi).

Moon before ascending node

13 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 day, 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

26 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 southern standstill

7 days after previous North standstill on 26 March 2015 at 14:29 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.241°. Next 6 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 1 day

After 1 day 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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