Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 29 April 2015 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 10 days young Moon is in Virgo.

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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 81% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 81% and growing larger. The 10 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 25 April 2015 at 23:55.

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 in ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1905".

Flower Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2015 after 4 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 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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 in apogee

Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 03:55, this is 12 days after last perigee on 17 April 2015 at 03:53 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 15 May 2015 at 00:23 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 405 085 km

This apogee Moon is 405 085 km (251 708 mi) away from Earth. It is 323 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 624 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

11 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 day, 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

25 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

6 days after previous North standstill on 22 April 2015 at 23:26 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.280°. Next 8 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 4 days

After 4 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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