Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 2 January 2009 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Pisces.

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Lunar calendar 2009 | January 2009

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 30% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 30% and growing larger. The 5 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 27 December 2008 at 12:23.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1850"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1850" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2009 after 8 days on 11 January 2009 at 03:27.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 111 / 1064

The Moon is 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 111 of Meeus index or 1064 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.81 days

Length of current 111 lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 33 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2009. It is 1 hour and 53 minutes longer than next lunation 112 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 49 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 14 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠186.6°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠186.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠213.2°. 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 after apogee

6 days after point of apogee on 26 December 2008 at 17:50 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 10 January 2009 at 10:52 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 387 538 km

Moon is 387 538 km (240 805 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 501 km (222 141 mi).

Moon after ascending node

3 days after its ascending node on 30 December 2008 at 07:40 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 12 January 2009 at 08:34 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

7 days after previous South standstill on 26 December 2008 at 08:03 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.026°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.060° in the next northern standstill on 9 January 2009 at 05:38 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 8 days

After 8 days on 11 January 2009 at 03:27 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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