Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 18 October 2015 Sunday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 13 October 2015 at 00:06.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1853" and ∠1926".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2015 after 9 days on 27 October 2015 at 12:05.
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 195 of Meeus index or 1148 from Brown series.
Length of current 195 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 next lunation 196 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 57 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 6 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠192.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠220.3°. 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°).
6 days after point of apogee on 11 October 2015 at 13:17 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 October 2015 at 12:59 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 386 859 km (240 383 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 464 km (222 739 mi).
7 days after its ascending node on 11 October 2015 at 10:54 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 25 October 2015 at 07:37 in ♈ Aries.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 18:31 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-18.190°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠18.241° in its northern standstill point on 31 October 2015 at 09:02 in ♊ Gemini.
After 9 days on 27 October 2015 at 12:05 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.