Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 20 January 2008 Sunday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2008 | January 2008

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

Waxing Gibbous 94% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 94% and growing larger. The 12 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 15 January 2008 at 19:46.

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 is entering ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1947"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1947" and ∠1950".

Wolf Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2008 after 2 days on 22 January 2008 at 13:35.

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 99 / 1052

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.

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Synodic month length 29.67 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 7 minutes. It is 2 hours and 37 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 23 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 40 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠242.4°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠242.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠280°.

Moon after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 19 January 2008 at 08:39 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 31 January 2008 at 04:26 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 368 113 km

The Moon is 368 113 km (228 735 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 532 km (251 365 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 11 January 2008 at 15:17 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 24 January 2008 at 10:49 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

8 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the previous standstill on 19 January 2008 at 23:29 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.985°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 13 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.025° at the point of next southern standstill on 2 February 2008 at 23:33 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 22 January 2008 at 13:35 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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