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

Full Moon in Taurus

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 16 November 2005 at 00:58 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 is entering ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

It is Beaver Moon

The Full Moon these days is the Beaver of November 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 ∠1856"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1856" and ∠1941".

Lunation 72 / 1025

The Moon is 15 days old and navigating through the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 72 of Meeus index or 1025 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.57 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 36 minutes and it is 1 hour and 25 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 52 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 11 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠273.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠273.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠306.3°.

Moon after perigee

6 days since point of perigee on 10 November 2005 at 00:15 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 23 November 2005 at 06:17 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 386 139 km

The Moon is 386 139 km (239 936 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 371 km (251 264 mi).

Moon after ascending node

3 days after ascending node on 13 November 2005 at 02:02 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 27 November 2005 at 07:13 in ♎ Libra.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 5 November 2005 at 22:03 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.529° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.471° at the point of next northern standstill on 18 November 2005 at 23:39 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

3 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first 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