Full Moon
Full MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

Full Moon in Scorpio

Full Moon on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 100%. Lunar cycle is 15 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Full Moon phase is on 24 April 2005 at 10:06 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

It is Pink Moon

The Full Moon these days is the Pink of April 2005.

Spring tide

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

Apparent angular diameter ∠1880"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1880" and ∠1907".

Lunation 65 / 1018

The Moon is 15 days old and navigating through the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 65 of Meeus index or 1018 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.51 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 13 minutes and it is 57 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 31 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 38 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠62.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠62.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠96.6°.

Moon before perigee

7 days since point of apogee on 16 April 2005 at 18:41 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 29 April 2005 at 09:59 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 381 185 km

The Moon is 381 185 km (236 857 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 029 km (229 304 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 23 April 2005 at 13:30 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 6 May 2005 at 10:56 in ♈ Aries.

Moon before southern standstill

9 days since the last northern standstill on 14 April 2005 at 16:38 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.381° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.359° at the point of next southern standstill on 28 April 2005 at 15:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

15 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy

The Moon is in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov