Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1887".
The Full Moon this days is the Buck of July 2009.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 117 of Meeus index or 1070 from Brown series.
Length of current 117 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 1 minute. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2009. It is 27 minutes shorter than next lunation 118 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 44 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 25 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠349.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠4.5°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 21:39, this is 14 days after last perigee on 23 June 2009 at 10:39 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 21 July 2009 at 20:16 in ♋ Cancer.
This apogee Moon is 406 233 km (252 421 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest apogee of 2009. It is 825 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 476 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
12 days after its descending node on 24 June 2009 at 17:24 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 8 July 2009 at 15:24 in ♑ Capricorn.
26 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 5 July 2009 at 07:34 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.460°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.477° in the next northern standstill on 19 July 2009 at 13:01 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.