Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 17 October 2015 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | October 2015

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

Waxing Crescent 18% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 18% and growing larger. The 4 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 13 October 2015 at 00:06.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1831"

Lunar disc appears visually 5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1831" and ∠1926".

Hunter Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2015 after 10 days on 27 October 2015 at 12:05.

Upcoming main Moon phases

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 195 / 1148

The Moon is 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 195 of Meeus index or 1148 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.74 days

Length of current 195 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 41 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2015. It is 59 minutes longer than next lunation 196 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 57 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 6 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠192.9°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠192.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠220.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Moon after apogee

5 days after point of apogee on 11 October 2015 at 13:17 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 October 2015 at 12:59 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 391 446 km

Moon is 391 446 km (243 233 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 464 km (222 739 mi).

Moon after ascending node

6 days after its ascending node on 11 October 2015 at 10:54 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 25 October 2015 at 07:37 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

13 days after previous North standstill on 3 October 2015 at 23:55 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.140°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.190° in the next southern standstill on 18 October 2015 at 18:31 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 10 days

After 10 days on 27 October 2015 at 12:05 in ♉ Taurus, 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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