Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 15 April 2017 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 11 April 2017 at 06:08.
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 ∠13° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1912".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2017 after 25 days on 10 May 2017 at 21:43.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
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 213 of Meeus index or 1166 from Brown series.
Length of current 213 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 19 minutes. It is 1 hour and 51 minutes longer than next lunation 214 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 25 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 44 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠321.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠340.4°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 10:05, this is 15 days after last perigee on 30 March 2017 at 12:39 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 27 April 2017 at 16:18 in ♉ Taurus.
This apogee Moon is 405 478 km (251 952 mi) away from Earth. It is 70 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 231 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
8 days after its ascending node on 7 April 2017 at 09:14 in ♍ Virgo, 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 21 April 2017 at 22:30 in ♒ Aquarius.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 3 April 2017 at 06:12 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.984°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.095° in the next southern standstill on 17 April 2017 at 13:12 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 11 days on 26 April 2017 at 12:16 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.