Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 4 August 2009 Tuesday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2009 | August 2009

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

Waxing Gibbous 98% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 98% and growing larger. The 13 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 28 July 2009 at 22:00.

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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1891".

Sturgeon Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2009 after 1 day on 6 August 2009 at 00:55.

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 118 / 1071

The Moon is 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 118 of Meeus index or 1071 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.31 days

Length of current 118 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 27 minutes. It is 1 hour and 16 minutes shorter than next lunation 119 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 17 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 52 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠4.5°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠4.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠20.3°. 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 in apogee

Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 00:42, this is 13 days after last perigee on 21 July 2009 at 20:16 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 19 August 2009 at 04:53 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 406 027 km

This apogee Moon is 406 027 km (252 293 mi) away from Earth. It is 619 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 682 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♑ Capricorn at 21:42 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 18 August 2009 at 14:06 in ♋ Cancer.

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New draconic month

At 21:42 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.

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Moon after southern standstill

2 days after previous South standstill on 1 August 2009 at 13:28 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.478°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.442° in the next northern standstill on 15 August 2009 at 21:54 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 1 day

After 1 day on 6 August 2009 at 00:55 in ♒ Aquarius, 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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