Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 20 January 2008 Sunday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 15 January 2008 at 19:46.
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 passing first ∠2° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1947" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2008 after 2 days on 22 January 2008 at 13:35.
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.
The Moon is 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 99 of Meeus index or 1052 from Brown series.
Length of current 99 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 7 minutes. It is 2 hours and 37 minutes longer than next lunation 100 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 23 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 40 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠242.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠280°. 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 19 January 2008 at 08:39 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 31 January 2008 at 04:26 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 368 113 km (228 735 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 532 km (251 365 mi).
8 days after its ascending node on 11 January 2008 at 15:17 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 January 2008 at 10:49 in ♌ Leo.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 19 January 2008 at 23:29 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.985°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.025° in the next southern standstill on 2 February 2008 at 23:33 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 days on 22 January 2008 at 13:35 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.