Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 7 February 2009 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2009 | February 2009

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

Waxing Gibbous 94% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 94% and growing larger. The 12 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 2 February 2009 at 23:13.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1969"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1945".

Snow Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2009 after 2 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 112 / 1065

The Moon is 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 112 of Meeus index or 1065 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.74 days

Length of current 112 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 40 minutes. It is 3 hours and 9 minutes longer than next lunation 113 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 56 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 7 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠213.2°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠213.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠246.2°. 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 in perigee

Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 20:08, this is 15 days after last apogee on 23 January 2009 at 00:11 in ♑ Capricorn. 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 19 February 2009 at 17:00 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 361 487 km

This perigee Moon is 361 487 km (224 618 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 021 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 8 869 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

11 days after its ascending node on 26 January 2009 at 13:27 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 8 February 2009 at 19:46 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

11 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 after northern standstill

1 day after previous North standstill on 5 February 2009 at 14:55 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.083°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.057° in the next southern standstill on 18 February 2009 at 21:09 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 2 days

After 2 days on 9 February 2009 at 14:49 in ♌ Leo, 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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