Moon Phases

This applet displays the current phase of the moon and the time/date of the next four major lunar phases. The current age of the moon, its distance and apogee/perigee dates are also displayed. All times displayed are in UT except for the clock which displays the local time.

Moon in Indian Astrology

In Indian Astrology, Moon is reverred as

a God and is called as "Chandra". The deity is masculine, but rules women and mothers, and signifies the feminine qualities.In Hindu astrology the Moon, is the most important planet in the horoscope. Chandra rules growth, health in childhood, prospects in life, good fortune, the emotional life, moods.

Moon is the presiding deity for the element water, and rules over the tides of the sea. Moon is also the ruler of plants and the vegetable kingdom. Moon represents the mother -the energy that creates and preserves.

Moon rules peace of mind, comfort, general well-being, and also the fortune of a person.It shows influence around twenty-four to twenty-five years of age. The Moon gives sense of purpose, intuitive nature, sensuality, taste, youth, love of poetry, fine arts and music, love of jewelry, attractive appearance, wealth and good fortune. It makes us moody, emotional, and sensitive.

The Moon is auspicious for those who are born in the ascending Moon cycle and malefic for those who are born in the descending Moon cycle. For persons whose Moon is not rightly placed in their horoscopes or is ill-aspected, success becomes very illusive or difficult. Sometimes it even becomes difficult to achieve a comfortable life on earth. It makes such people weak or sick in their early years.The gemstone related to Moon is Pearl , and its metal is silver. Moon rules the number 2 in numerology.

Facts on Moon

Size - the Moon's Diameter is 3,476 kilometres (2,160 miles). It is about a quarter of the size of the Earth.

Distance from Earth - maximum (apogee) 406,697 km (252,681 miles); minimum (perigee) 356,410 km (221,438 miles).

Age - four billion years

Composition - the moon comprises an outer crust of solid rock, 150 kilometres thick and a central core of solid metal, with a very small inner core of molten metal. The surface of the moon is covered with a layer of fine dust.

Orbit - the moon takes 27.32 days to orbit the earth. Its orbit is an ellipse.

Atmosphere - there is no atmosphere on the moon. Its low gravity might have caused its atmosphere to escape.

Surface temperature - temperatures on the Moon's surface are very extreme, ranging from +100°C to -200°C, depending on whether the Sun's rays are falling on it or not.

New Moons / Full Moons in 2008

New Moon-January 8, 2008 in Capricorn
Full Moon -January 22, 2008 in Leo

New Moon -February 6/7, 2008 in Aquarius
Full Moon -February 20/21, 2008 in Virgo

New Moon -March 7, 2008 in Pisces
Full Moon -March 21, 2008 in Libra

New Moon -April 5/6, 2008 in Aries
Full Moon -April 20, 2008 in Scorpio

New Moon -May 5, 2008 in Taurus
Full Moon -May 19/20, 2008 in Scorpio

New Moon -June 3, 2008 in Gemini
Full Moon -June 18, 2008 in Sagittarius

New Moon -July 2/3, 2008 in Cancer
Full Moon -July 18, 2008 in Capricorn

New Moon-August 1, 2008 in Leo
Full Moon -August 16, 2008 in Aquarius
New Moon -August 30, 2008 in Virgo

Full Moon -September 15, 2008 in Pisces
New Moon -September 29, 2008 in Libra

Full Moon -October 14, 2008 in Aries
New Moon -October 28, 2008 in Scorpio

Full Moon -November 12/13, 2008 in Taurus
New Moon -November 27, 2008 in Sagittarius

Full Moon-December 12, 2008 in Gemini
New Moon -December 27, 2008 in Capricorn

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