Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 24 January 2008 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 22 January 2008 at 13:35.
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.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1859" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2008 after 27 days on 21 February 2008 at 03:31.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
5 days 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 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 31 January 2008 at 04:26 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 385 614 km (239 609 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 532 km (251 365 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♌ Leo at 10:49 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet ascending node on 7 February 2008 at 21:39 in ♒ Aquarius.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 19 January 2008 at 23:29 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.985°. Next 9 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 13 days on 7 February 2008 at 03:44 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.