Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 15 May 2015 Friday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 11 May 2015 at 10:36.
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 ∠19° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1959" and ∠1898".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2015 after 18 days on 2 June 2015 at 16:19.
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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 perigee on this date at 00:23, this is 15 days after last apogee on 29 April 2015 at 03:55 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 26 May 2015 at 22:12 in ♍ Virgo.
This perigee Moon is 366 024 km (227 437 mi) away from Earth. It is 3 516 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 4 332 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after its descending node on 14 May 2015 at 20:37 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 May 2015 at 14:40 in ♎ Libra.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 7 May 2015 at 13:39 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.343°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.389° in the next northern standstill on 20 May 2015 at 09:41 in ♊ Gemini.
After 2 days on 18 May 2015 at 04:13 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.