Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 17 January 2015 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 13 January 2015 at 09:47.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1890" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2015 after 17 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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
7 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 4 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 21 January 2015 at 20:06 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 379 257 km (235 659 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 643 km (223 472 mi).
4 days after its ascending node on 12 January 2015 at 15:33 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 25 January 2015 at 10:23 in ♈ Aries.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
13 days after previous North standstill on 3 January 2015 at 17:53 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.650°. Next day 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 3 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.