Gibbous ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 8 February 2015 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days 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 about ∠9° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1781" and ∠1945".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2015 after 25 days on 5 March 2015 at 18:06.
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 18 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 6 February 2015 at 06:25 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 February 2015 at 07:29 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 402 460 km (250 077 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 992 km (221 825 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♎ Libra at 17:10 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 21 February 2015 at 16:05 in ♈ Aries.
At 17:10 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
8 days after previous North standstill on 31 January 2015 at 00:59 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.513°. Next 6 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 10 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.