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Moon phase on 25 April 2015 Saturday is First Quarter, 7 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | April 2015

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

First Quarter 45% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 45% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 25 April 2015 at 23:55 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 leaving the last ∠1° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♌ Leo later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1801"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1801" and ∠1907".

Flower Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2015 after 8 days on 4 May 2015 at 03:42.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 25 May 2015 at 17:19

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 189 / 1142

The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 189 of Meeus index or 1142 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.39 days

Length of current 189 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 16 minutes. 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 before apogee

8 days 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 3 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 398 025 km

Moon is 398 025 km (247 321 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 085 km (251 708 mi).

Moon before ascending node

7 days 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 5 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

21 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

2 days after previous North standstill on 22 April 2015 at 23:26 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.280°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.343° in the next southern standstill on 7 May 2015 at 13:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 8 days

After 8 days on 4 May 2015 at 03:42 in ♏ Scorpio, 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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