Crescent ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 20 March 2015 Friday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1927".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2015 after 15 days on 4 April 2015 at 12:06.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 09:36 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 188 of Meeus index or 1141 from Brown series.
29 days, 9 hours and 21 minutes is the length of new lunation 188. It is 5 minutes longer than next lunation 189 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 23 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 46 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠9.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠27.1°. 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 19 March 2015 at 19:38 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 1 April 2015 at 12:59 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 364 222 km (226 317 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 012 km (252 284 mi).
12 days 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 21 March 2015 at 02:19 in ♈ Aries.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
6 days after previous South standstill on 14 March 2015 at 01:39 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.262°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.241° in the next northern standstill on 26 March 2015 at 14:29 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.