Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 18 October 2015 Sunday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | October 2015

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 26% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 26% and growing larger. The 5 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 13 October 2015 at 00:06.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1853"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1853" and ∠1926".

Hunter Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2015 after 9 days on 27 October 2015 at 12:05.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 195 / 1148

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 195 of Meeus index or 1148 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.74 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 41 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2015. It is 59 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 57 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 6 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠192.9°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠192.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠220.3°.

Moon after apogee

6 days after point of apogee on 11 October 2015 at 13:17 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 26 October 2015 at 12:59 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 386 859 km

The Moon is 386 859 km (240 383 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 464 km (222 739 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after ascending node on 11 October 2015 at 10:54 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 25 October 2015 at 07:37 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

7 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon at southern standstill

At 18:31 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-18.190°. Over the next 12 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠18.241° at the point of next standstill in ♊ Gemini on 31 October 2015 at 09:02.

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Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 days on 27 October 2015 at 12:05 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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