Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 1 April 2015 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 27 March 2015 at 07:43.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1920".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2015 after 3 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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 188 of Meeus index or 1141 from Brown series.
Length of current 188 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 21 minutes. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 12:59, this is 12 days after last perigee on 19 March 2015 at 19:38 in ♓ Pisces. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 17 April 2015 at 03:53 in ♈ Aries.
This apogee Moon is 406 012 km (252 284 mi) away from Earth. It is 604 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 697 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
11 days after its descending node on 21 March 2015 at 02:19 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 4 April 2015 at 03:17 in ♎ Libra.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 26 March 2015 at 14:29 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.241°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.250° in the next southern standstill on 10 April 2015 at 07:46 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 3 days on 4 April 2015 at 12:06 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.