Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 16 March 2015 Monday is Waning Crescent, 25 days old Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | March 2015

Waning Crescent phase
Waning Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Crescent 21% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 21% and getting smaller. The 25 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 13 March 2015 at 17:48.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon is entering ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1948"

Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1948" and ∠1929".

Pink Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2015 after 19 days on 4 April 2015 at 12:06.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Pisces ♓ on 20 March 2015 at 09:36
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 27 March 2015 at 07:43
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 4 April 2015 at 12:06
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 12 April 2015 at 03:44

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 187 / 1140

The Moon is 25 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 apogee

11 days after 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 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 19 March 2015 at 19:38 in ♓ Pisces.

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Distance to Moon 367 897 km

The Moon is 367 897 km (228 601 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 584 km (222 192 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 7 March 2015 at 21:04 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 21 March 2015 at 02:19 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after southern standstill

2 days since the previous standstill on 14 March 2015 at 01:39 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.262°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.241° at the point of next northern standstill on 26 March 2015 at 14:29 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 20 March 2015 at 09:36 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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