Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 5 May 2009 Tuesday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2009 | May 2009

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

Waxing Gibbous 86% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 86% and growing larger. The 11 days young Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 1 May 2009 at 20:44.

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 is entering ♎ Libra

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1892"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1892" and ∠1902".

Flower Moon after 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2009 after 3 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 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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

7 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 8 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 378 921 km

Moon is 378 921 km (235 451 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 916 km (251 603 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after its descending node on 1 May 2009 at 07:50 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 15 May 2009 at 07:13 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

7 days after previous North standstill on 28 April 2009 at 08:50 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.567°. Next 6 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 3 days

After 3 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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