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Moon phase on 17 May 2015 Sunday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | May 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 ♉ Taurus.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 18 May 2015 at 04:13 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1924" and ∠1897".

Strawberry Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2015 after 16 days on 2 June 2015 at 16:19.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 18 May 2015 at 04:13
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 25 May 2015 at 17:19
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 2 June 2015 at 16:19
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 9 June 2015 at 15:42

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

2 days after point of perigee on 15 May 2015 at 00:23 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 May 2015 at 22:12 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 372 486 km

Moon is 372 486 km (231 452 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 246 km (251 187 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after its descending node on 14 May 2015 at 20:37 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 May 2015 at 14:40 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

16 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

9 days after previous South standstill on 7 May 2015 at 13:39 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.343°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.389° in the next northern standstill on 20 May 2015 at 09:41 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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