Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 9 May 2015 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | May 2015

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

Waning Gibbous 71% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 71% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 4 May 2015 at 03:42.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1929"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1929" and ∠1900".

Flower Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2015 after 24 days on 2 June 2015 at 16:19.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 2 June 2015 at 16:19

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 189 / 1142

The Moon is 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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 before apogee

10 days 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 5 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 371 579 km

The Moon is 371 579 km (230 888 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 366 024 km (227 437 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 1 May 2015 at 09:50 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 14 May 2015 at 20:37 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

8 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the previous standstill on 7 May 2015 at 13:39 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.343°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.389° at the point of next northern standstill on 20 May 2015 at 09:41 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 18 May 2015 at 04:13 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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