Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 31 July 2015 Friday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1939" and ∠1890".
The Full Moon this days is the Buck of July 2015.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle 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°).
10 days after point of apogee on 21 July 2015 at 11:02 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 2 August 2015 at 10:11 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 369 747 km (229 750 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 362 135 km (225 020 mi).
9 days after its ascending node on 21 July 2015 at 19:32 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 4 August 2015 at 02:53 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.
2 days after previous South standstill on 28 July 2015 at 17:34 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.344°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.288° in the next northern standstill on 10 August 2015 at 11:11 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.