Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 30 April 2015 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | April 2015

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

Waxing Gibbous 88% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 88% and growing larger. The 11 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 25 April 2015 at 23:55.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♍ Virgo

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♎ Libra later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1770"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1905".

Flower Moon after 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2015 after 3 days on 4 May 2015 at 03:42.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 4 May 2015 at 03:42
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 11 May 2015 at 10:36
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 18 May 2015 at 04:13
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 25 May 2015 at 17:19

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 189 / 1142

The Moon is 11 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.

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Synodic month length 29.39 days

The length of the 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 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 28 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 41 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠27.1°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠27.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠48.8°.

Moon after apogee

1 day after point of apogee on 29 April 2015 at 03:55 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 14 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 15 May 2015 at 00:23 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 404 983 km

The Moon is 404 983 km (251 645 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 14 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 366 024 km (227 437 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after descending node on 17 April 2015 at 13:07 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 1 May 2015 at 09:50 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

26 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 southern standstill

7 days since the previous standstill on 22 April 2015 at 23:26 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.280°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.343° at the point of next southern standstill on 7 May 2015 at 13:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 4 May 2015 at 03:42 in ♏ Scorpio 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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