Gibbous ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 31 August 2015 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 29 August 2015 at 18:35.
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 first ∠2° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2015 after 27 days on 28 September 2015 at 02:50.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 30 August 2015 at 15:24 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 14 September 2015 at 11:28 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 363 302 km (225 745 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 13 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 466 km (252 566 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♈ Aries at 10:16 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 14 September 2015 at 04:38 in ♎ Libra.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
6 days after previous South standstill on 25 August 2015 at 03:44 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.206°. Next 6 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.
After 12 days on 13 September 2015 at 06:41 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.