Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 4 July 2015 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 2 July 2015 at 02:20.
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 is passing about ∠14° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1948" and ∠1887".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2015 after 26 days on 31 July 2015 at 10:43.
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.
The Moon is 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 191 of Meeus index or 1144 from Brown series.
Length of current 191 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 19 minutes. It is 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than next lunation 192 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 25 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 44 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠78.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠112.8°. 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°).
10 days after point of apogee on 23 June 2015 at 17:01 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 5 July 2015 at 18:54 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 367 892 km (228 597 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 095 km (228 102 mi).
9 days after its ascending node on 24 June 2015 at 17:23 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 8 July 2015 at 00:07 in ♈ Aries.
9 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous South standstill on 1 July 2015 at 06:48 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.445°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.417° in the next northern standstill on 14 July 2015 at 04:24 in ♊ Gemini.
After 11 days on 16 July 2015 at 01:24 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.