Crescent ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 21 February 2015 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 18 February 2015 at 23:47.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1962" and ∠1940".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2015 after 12 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 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 187 of Meeus index or 1140 from Brown series.
Length of current 187 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 49 minutes. It is 28 minutes longer than next lunation 188 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 55 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 14 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠354.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠9.9°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
2 days after point of perigee on 19 February 2015 at 07:29 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 5 March 2015 at 07:35 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 365 426 km (227 065 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 386 km (252 517 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♈ Aries at 16:05 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet ascending node on 7 March 2015 at 21:04 in ♎ Libra.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
6 days after previous South standstill on 14 February 2015 at 17:17 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.402°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.335° in the next northern standstill on 27 February 2015 at 07:19 in ♊ Gemini.
After 12 days on 5 March 2015 at 18:06 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.