Moon* ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 17 April 2015 Friday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 12 April 2015 at 03:44.
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 passing about ∠9° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2015 after 16 days on 4 May 2015 at 03:42.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 28 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 perigee on this date at 03:53, this is 15 days after last apogee on 1 April 2015 at 12:59 in ♍ Virgo. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 29 April 2015 at 03:55 in ♍ Virgo.
This perigee Moon is 361 026 km (224 331 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 482 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 9 330 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in descending node in ♈ Aries at 13:07 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 1 May 2015 at 09:50 in ♎ Libra.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 10 April 2015 at 07:46 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.250°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.280° in the next northern standstill on 22 April 2015 at 23:26 in ♊ Gemini.
After 1 day on 18 April 2015 at 18:57 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.