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Moon phase on 5 March 2009 Thursday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2009 | March 2009

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 63% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 4 March 2009 at 07:46 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon is entering ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1972"

Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1934".

Worm Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2009 after 5 days on 11 March 2009 at 02:38.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Virgo ♍ on 11 March 2009 at 02:38
  • Last Quarter in Sagittarius ♐ on 18 March 2009 at 17:47
  • New Moon in Pisces ♓ on 26 March 2009 at 16:06
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 2 April 2009 at 14:34

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 113 / 1066

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 113 of Meeus index or 1066 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.6 days

Length of current 113 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 31 minutes. It is 3 hours and 14 minutes longer than next lunation 114 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 47 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 16 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠246.2°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠246.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠282.4°. 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 before perigee

13 days after point of apogee on 19 February 2009 at 17:00 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 7 March 2009 at 15:06 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 363 406 km

Moon is 363 406 km (225 810 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 020 km (228 056 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 days after its ascending node on 22 February 2009 at 20:31 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 8 March 2009 at 04:05 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

10 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 4 March 2009 at 21:34 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.987°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.896° in the next southern standstill on 18 March 2009 at 05:07 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 5 days

After 5 days on 11 March 2009 at 02:38 in ♍ Virgo, 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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