Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 15 February 2014 Saturday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1785" and ∠1942".
The Full Moon this days is the Snow of February 2014.
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.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 174 of Meeus index or 1127 from Brown series.
Length of current 174 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 21 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2014. It is 24 minutes shorter than next lunation 175 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 23 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 46 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠8.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠25.1°. 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°).
3 days after point of apogee on 12 February 2014 at 05:09 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 27 February 2014 at 19:52 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 401 628 km (249 560 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 12 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 439 km (223 966 mi).
9 days after its descending node on 5 February 2014 at 12:41 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 20 February 2014 at 03:28 in ♎ Libra.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 9 February 2014 at 15:21 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.306°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.175° in the next southern standstill on 24 February 2014 at 01:24 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.