Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 31 August 2007 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 28 August 2007 at 10:35.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2007 after 26 days on 26 September 2007 at 19:45.
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.
The Moon is 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 94 of Meeus index or 1047 from Brown series.
Length of current 94 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 42 minutes. It is 2 hours and 34 minutes shorter than next lunation 95 length.
Length of current synodic month is 58 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 5 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠97.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠131.4°. 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 perigee on this date at 00:12, this is 11 days after last apogee on 19 August 2007 at 03:28 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 15 September 2007 at 21:06 in ♏ Scorpio.
This perigee Moon is 364 174 km (226 287 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 666 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 6 182 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
2 days after its ascending node on 28 August 2007 at 14:27 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 10 September 2007 at 14:49 in ♍ Virgo.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 23 August 2007 at 08:02 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.377°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.380° in the next northern standstill on 5 September 2007 at 04:28 in ♊ Gemini.
After 11 days on 11 September 2007 at 12:44 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.