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Moon phase on 18 April 2015 Saturday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | April 2015

New Moon phase
New Moon phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

New Moon

New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The 1 day young Moon is in ♈ Aries.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 18 April 2015 at 18:57 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.

Moon in ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1951" and ∠1911".

Flower Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2015 after 15 days on 4 May 2015 at 03:42.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 25 April 2015 at 23:55
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 4 May 2015 at 03:42
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 11 May 2015 at 10:36
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 18 May 2015 at 04:13

Spring tide

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

New lunation 189 / 1142

At 18:57 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 189 of Meeus index or 1142 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.39 days

29 days, 9 hours and 16 minutes is the length of new lunation 189. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2015. It is 36 minutes shorter than next lunation 190 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 41 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠27.1°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠27.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠48.8°. 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 perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 17 April 2015 at 03:53 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 29 April 2015 at 03:55 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 367 365 km

Moon is 367 365 km (228 270 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 085 km (251 708 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after its descending node on 17 April 2015 at 13:07 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 1 May 2015 at 09:50 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

14 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

8 days after previous South standstill on 10 April 2015 at 07:46 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.250°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.280° in the next northern standstill on 22 April 2015 at 23:26 in ♊ Gemini.

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Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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