Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 18 September 2015 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 13 September 2015 at 06:41.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1803" and ∠1910".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2015 after 9 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 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 194 of Meeus index or 1147 from Brown series.
Length of current 194 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 24 minutes. It is 17 minutes shorter than next lunation 195 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 40 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 23 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠169.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠192.9°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
4 days after point of apogee on 14 September 2015 at 11:28 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 28 September 2015 at 01:46 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 397 506 km (246 999 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 877 km (221 753 mi).
4 days after its ascending node on 14 September 2015 at 04:38 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 27 September 2015 at 21:04 in ♓ Pisces.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 6 September 2015 at 17:06 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.163°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.134° in the next southern standstill on 21 September 2015 at 12:02 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 9 days on 28 September 2015 at 02:50 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.