Moon* ♋ Cancer
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1951".
The Full Moon this days is the Wolf of January 2009.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 14 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 111 of Meeus index or 1064 from Brown series.
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.
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.
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 is reaching point of perigee on this date at 10:52, this is 14 days after last apogee on 26 December 2008 at 17:50 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 23 January 2009 at 00:11 in ♑ Capricorn.
This perigee Moon is 357 501 km (222 141 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 007 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 855 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
11 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 12 January 2009 at 08:34 in ♌ Leo.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 9 January 2009 at 05:38 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.060°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.081° in the next southern standstill on 22 January 2009 at 14:02 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.