Quarter* ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 12 January 2015 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 21 days old Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 7 days on 5 January 2015 at 04:53.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1788" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2015 after 22 days on 3 February 2015 at 23:09.
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.
The Moon is 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 185 of Meeus index or 1138 from Brown series.
Length of current 185 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 38 minutes. It is 1 hour and 4 minutes longer than next lunation 186 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 6 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 3 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠318°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠338.3°. 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 9 January 2015 at 18:17 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 21 January 2015 at 20:06 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 400 918 km (249 119 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 643 km (223 472 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♎ Libra at 15:33 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 25 January 2015 at 10:23 in ♈ Aries.
At 15:33 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
8 days after previous North standstill on 3 January 2015 at 17:53 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.650°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.577° in the next southern standstill on 18 January 2015 at 06:17 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 8 days on 20 January 2015 at 13:14 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.