Crescent ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 18 July 2015 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 16 July 2015 at 01:24.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1784" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2015 after 12 days on 31 July 2015 at 10:43.
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 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 192 of Meeus index or 1145 from Brown series.
Length of current 192 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 29 minutes. It is 2 hours and 19 minutes shorter than next lunation 193 length.
Length of current synodic month is 45 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 18 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠112.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠144.1°. 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°).
12 days after point of perigee on 5 July 2015 at 18:54 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 21 July 2015 at 11:02 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 401 848 km (249 697 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 837 km (251 554 mi).
10 days after its descending node on 8 July 2015 at 00:07 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 21 July 2015 at 19:32 in ♍ Virgo.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 14 July 2015 at 04:24 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.417°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.344° in the next southern standstill on 28 July 2015 at 17:34 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 12 days on 31 July 2015 at 10:43 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.