Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 5 January 2008 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 31 December 2007 at 07:51.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1775" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2008 after 17 days on 22 January 2008 at 13:35.
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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 98 of Meeus index or 1051 from Brown series.
Length of current 98 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 57 minutes. It is 1 hour and 50 minutes longer than next lunation 99 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 13 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 50 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠209.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠242.4°. 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 3 January 2008 at 08:06 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 January 2008 at 08:39 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 403 829 km (250 928 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 13 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 366 436 km (227 693 mi).
8 days after its descending node on 28 December 2007 at 02:57 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 11 January 2008 at 15:17 in ♒ Aquarius.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 23 December 2007 at 14:26 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.918°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.939° in the next southern standstill on 6 January 2008 at 15:50 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 days on 8 January 2008 at 11:37 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.