Full Moon
Full MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

Full Moon in Virgo

Full Moon on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 100%. Lunar cycle is 15 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Full Moon phase is on 5 March 2015 at 18:06 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

It is Worm Moon

The Full Moon these days is the Worm of March 2015.

Spring tide

There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1770"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1934".

Lunation 187 / 1140

The Moon is 15 days old and navigating through the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 187 of Meeus index or 1140 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.41 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 49 minutes and it is 28 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit 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 details for

True anomaly ∠354.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠354.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠9.9°.

Moon after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 5 March 2015 at 07:35 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 19 March 2015 at 19:38 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 404 979 km

The Moon is 404 979 km (251 642 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 13 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 584 km (222 192 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after descending node on 21 February 2015 at 16:05 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 7 March 2015 at 21:04 in ♎ Libra.

Moon after northern standstill

7 days since the last northern 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 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.262° at the point of next southern standstill on 14 March 2015 at 01:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

25 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♎ Libra the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy

The Moon is in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov