Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 21 January 2015 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 20 January 2015 at 13:14.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2015 after 13 days on 3 February 2015 at 23:09.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 186 of Meeus index or 1139 from Brown series.
Length of current 186 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 20:06, this is 12 days after last apogee on 9 January 2015 at 18:17 in ♍ Virgo. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 6 February 2015 at 06:25 in ♍ Virgo.
This perigee Moon is 359 643 km (223 472 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 865 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 10 713 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
8 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 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 25 January 2015 at 10:23 in ♈ Aries.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous South standstill on 18 January 2015 at 06:17 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.577°. Next 9 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.
After 13 days on 3 February 2015 at 23:09 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.