Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 23 March 2015 Monday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | March 2015

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

Waxing Crescent 13% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 13% and growing larger. The 3 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 20 March 2015 at 09:36.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1920"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1920" and ∠1925".

Pink Moon after 12 days

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

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 18 April 2015 at 18:57

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 188 / 1141

The Moon is 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 188 of Meeus index or 1141 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.39 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 21 minutes. It is 5 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 3 hours and 23 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 46 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠9.9°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠9.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠27.1°.

Moon after perigee

3 days after point of perigee on 19 March 2015 at 19:38 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 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 1 April 2015 at 12:59 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 373 418 km

The Moon is 373 418 km (232 031 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 012 km (252 284 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 21 March 2015 at 02:19 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 4 April 2015 at 03:17 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

15 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 before northern standstill

9 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 3 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 12 days

In 12 days on 4 April 2015 at 12:06 in ♎ Libra 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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