Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 29 April 2015 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 10 days young Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 25 April 2015 at 23:55.
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 ∠17° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1905".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2015 after 4 days on 4 May 2015 at 03:42.
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 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 189 of Meeus index or 1142 from Brown series.
Length of current 189 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 16 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2015. It is 36 minutes shorter than next lunation 190 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 41 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠27.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠48.8°. 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 03:55, this is 12 days after last perigee on 17 April 2015 at 03:53 in ♈ Aries. 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 15 May 2015 at 00:23 in ♈ Aries.
This apogee Moon is 405 085 km (251 708 mi) away from Earth. It is 323 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 624 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
11 days after its descending node on 17 April 2015 at 13:07 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 1 May 2015 at 09:50 in ♎ Libra.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 22 April 2015 at 23:26 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.280°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.343° in the next southern standstill on 7 May 2015 at 13:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 4 days on 4 May 2015 at 03:42 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.