Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 5 February 2015 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 3 February 2015 at 23:09.
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 first ∠3° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1946".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2015 after 28 days on 5 March 2015 at 18:06.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
14 days after point of perigee on 21 January 2015 at 20:06 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 6 February 2015 at 06:25 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 405 411 km (251 911 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 155 km (252 373 mi).
11 days after its descending node on 25 January 2015 at 10:23 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 8 February 2015 at 17:10 in ♎ Libra.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 31 January 2015 at 00:59 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.513°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.402° in the next southern standstill on 14 February 2015 at 17:17 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 13 days on 18 February 2015 at 23:47 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.