Gibbous ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 4 April 2015 Saturday is Full Moon, 14 days old Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1781" and ∠1918".
The Full Moon this days is the Pink of April 2015.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 14 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 1 April 2015 at 12:59 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 17 April 2015 at 03:53 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 402 435 km (250 062 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 12 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 026 km (224 331 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♎ Libra at 03:17 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 17 April 2015 at 13:07 in ♈ Aries.
At 03:17 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
8 days after previous North standstill on 26 March 2015 at 14:29 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.241°. Next 5 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.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.