Gibbous ♓ Pisces
Moon phase on 20 November 2015 Friday is First Quarter, 9 days young Moon is in Pisces.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 64% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 19 November 2015 at 06:27 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1942".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2015 after 5 days on 25 November 2015 at 22:44.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 196 of Meeus index or 1149 from Brown series.
Length of current 196 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 42 minutes. It is 1 hour and 41 minutes longer than next lunation 197 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 58 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 5 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠220.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠255.6°. 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°).
12 days after point of apogee on 7 November 2015 at 21:48 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 23 November 2015 at 20:06 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 365 094 km (226 859 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 362 818 km (225 445 mi).
12 days after its ascending node on 7 November 2015 at 15:53 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 21 November 2015 at 13:56 in ♓ Pisces.
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 15 November 2015 at 00:39 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.331°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.384° in the next northern standstill on 27 November 2015 at 20:13 in ♊ Gemini.
After 5 days on 25 November 2015 at 22:44 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.