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.