Gibbous ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 1 May 2015 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 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 ∠11° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1776" and ∠1904".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2015 after 2 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 12 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 29 April 2015 at 03:55 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 15 May 2015 at 00:23 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 403 512 km (250 731 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 13 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 366 024 km (227 437 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♎ Libra at 09:50 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 14 May 2015 at 20:37 in ♈ Aries.
At 09:50 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
8 days after previous North standstill on 22 April 2015 at 23:26 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.280°. Next 6 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 2 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.