Gibbous ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 30 August 2015 Sunday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Pisces.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 ∠17° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1901".
The Full Moon this days is the Sturgeon of August 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 193 of Meeus index or 1146 from Brown series.
Length of current 193 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 48 minutes. It is 1 hour and 36 minutes shorter than next lunation 194 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 4 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 59 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠144.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠169.3°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 15:24, this is 12 days after last apogee on 18 August 2015 at 02:33 in ♎ Libra. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 14 September 2015 at 11:28 in ♎ Libra.
This perigee Moon is 358 289 km (222 630 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 219 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 067 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
12 days after its ascending node on 17 August 2015 at 23:05 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 31 August 2015 at 10:16 in ♈ Aries.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
5 days after previous South standstill on 25 August 2015 at 03:44 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.206°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.163° in the next northern standstill on 6 September 2015 at 17:06 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.