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Moon phase on 17 May 2015 Sunday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | May 2015

New Moon phase
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Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

New Moon

New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The 1 day young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 18 May 2015 at 04:13 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1924" and ∠1897".

Strawberry Moon after 16 days

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

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 9 June 2015 at 15:42

Spring tide

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.

New lunation 189 / 1142

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.

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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°

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

Moon after perigee

2 days after point of perigee on 15 May 2015 at 00:23 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 26 May 2015 at 22:12 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 372 486 km

The Moon is 372 486 km (231 452 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 246 km (251 187 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 14 May 2015 at 20:37 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 28 May 2015 at 14:40 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

16 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 northern standstill

9 days 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 2 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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Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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