Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 20 January 2015 Tuesday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1953" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2015 after 14 days on 3 February 2015 at 23:09.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 13:14 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 186 of Meeus index or 1139 from Brown series.
29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes is the length of new lunation 186. It is 45 minutes longer than next lunation 187 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 59 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠338.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠354.5°. 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°).
10 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 day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 21 January 2015 at 20:06 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 367 050 km (228 074 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 643 km (223 472 mi).
7 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 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 25 January 2015 at 10:23 in ♈ Aries.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 18 January 2015 at 06:17 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.577°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.513° in the next northern standstill on 31 January 2015 at 00:59 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.