Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 15 May 2014 Thursday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.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 ∠4° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1915" and ∠1898".
The Full Moon this days is the Flower of May 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 177 of Meeus index or 1130 from Brown series.
Length of current 177 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 26 minutes. It is 1 hour and 2 minutes shorter than next lunation 178 length.
Length of current synodic month is 18 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 51 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠76.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠112.5°. 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°).
9 days after point of apogee on 6 May 2014 at 10:22 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 18 May 2014 at 11:58 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 374 396 km (232 639 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 099 km (228 105 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 12 May 2014 at 22:06 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 25 May 2014 at 17:56 in ♈ Aries.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 2 May 2014 at 15:59 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.961°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.992° in the next southern standstill on 16 May 2014 at 20:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.