Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 12 January 2009 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2009 | January 2009

Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 97% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 97% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♌ Leo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 11 January 2009 at 03:27.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1949"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1949" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2009 after 28 days on 9 February 2009 at 14:49.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 111 / 1064

The Moon is 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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 perigee

2 days after point of perigee on 10 January 2009 at 10:52 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 23 January 2009 at 00:11 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 367 740 km

Moon is 367 740 km (228 503 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 116 km (252 349 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♌ Leo at 08:34 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet ascending node on 26 January 2009 at 13:27 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after northern standstill

3 days after previous North standstill on 9 January 2009 at 05:38 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.060°. Next 10 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.

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Syzygy in 13 days

After 13 days on 26 January 2009 at 07:55 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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