Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 15 January 2017 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 12 January 2017 at 11:34.
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 about ∠5° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1858" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2017 after 26 days on 11 February 2017 at 00:33.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 210 of Meeus index or 1163 from Brown series.
Length of current 210 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 14 minutes. It is 2 hours and 23 minutes longer than next lunation 211 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 30 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 33 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠223.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠259.5°. 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°).
5 days after point of perigee on 10 January 2017 at 06:07 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 22 January 2017 at 00:14 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 385 853 km (239 758 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 913 km (251 601 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♍ Virgo at 10:45 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 29 January 2017 at 22:21 in ♒ Aquarius.
At 10:45 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
4 days after previous North standstill on 11 January 2017 at 09:32 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.932°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.900° in the next southern standstill on 25 January 2017 at 11:59 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 12 days on 28 January 2017 at 00:07 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.