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Moon phase on 1 May 2009 Friday is First Quarter, 7 days young Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2009 | May 2009

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

First Quarter 46% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 46% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 1 May 2009 at 20:44 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 in ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1965"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1904".

Flower Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2009 after 7 days on 9 May 2009 at 04:01.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 9 May 2009 at 04:01
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 17 May 2009 at 07:26
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 24 May 2009 at 12:11
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 31 May 2009 at 03:22

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 115 / 1068

The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 115 of Meeus index or 1068 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.37 days

Length of current 115 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 48 minutes. It is 1 hour and 24 minutes longer than next lunation 116 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 56 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 13 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠311.7°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠311.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠332.7°. 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

3 days after point of perigee on 28 April 2009 at 06:26 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 14 May 2009 at 02:57 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 364 798 km

Moon is 364 798 km (226 675 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 916 km (251 603 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♌ Leo at 07:50 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 15 May 2009 at 07:13 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 28 April 2009 at 08:50 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.567°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.486° in the next southern standstill on 11 May 2009 at 20:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 9 May 2009 at 04:01 in ♏ Scorpio, 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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