Moon* ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 17 May 2015 Sunday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1924" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2015 after 16 days on 2 June 2015 at 16:19.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 18:57 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 189 of Meeus index or 1142 from Brown series.
29 days, 9 hours and 16 minutes is the length of new lunation 189. 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 perigee on 15 May 2015 at 00:23 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 May 2015 at 22:12 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 372 486 km (231 452 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 246 km (251 187 mi).
2 days 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 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 May 2015 at 14:40 in ♎ Libra.
16 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 7 May 2015 at 13:39 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.343°. Next 2 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.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.