Gibbous ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 8 March 2015 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 5 March 2015 at 18:06.
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 ∠17° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1786" and ∠1933".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2015 after 27 days on 4 April 2015 at 12:06.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
3 days after point of apogee on 5 March 2015 at 07:35 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 March 2015 at 19:38 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 401 223 km (249 308 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 584 km (222 192 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 7 March 2015 at 21:04 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 21 March 2015 at 02:19 in ♈ Aries.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 27 February 2015 at 07:19 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.335°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.262° in the next southern standstill on 14 March 2015 at 01:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 11 days on 20 March 2015 at 09:36 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.