Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 4 March 2015 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | March 2015

Waxing Gibbous phase
Waxing Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Gibbous 99% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 99% and growing larger. The 13 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 25 February 2015 at 17:14.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon is entering ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1769"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1935".

Worm Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2015 after 1 day on 5 March 2015 at 18:06.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Virgo ♍ on 5 March 2015 at 18:06
  • Last Quarter in Sagittarius ♐ on 13 March 2015 at 17:48
  • New Moon in Pisces ♓ on 20 March 2015 at 09:36
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 27 March 2015 at 07:43

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 187 / 1140

The Moon is 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 187 of Meeus index or 1140 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.41 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 49 minutes. It is 28 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 55 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 14 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠354.5°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠354.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠9.9°.

Moon before perigee

13 days after point of perigee on 19 February 2015 at 07:29 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 5 March 2015 at 07:35 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 405 096 km

The Moon is 405 096 km (251 715 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 386 km (252 517 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 21 February 2015 at 16:05 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 7 March 2015 at 21:04 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

23 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon after northern standstill

5 days since the previous standstill on 27 February 2015 at 07:19 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.335°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.262° at the point of next southern standstill on 14 March 2015 at 01:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 5 March 2015 at 18:06 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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