Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 31 January 2008 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 30 January 2008 at 05:03.
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 ∠25° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2008 after 20 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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 04:26, this is 11 days after last perigee on 19 January 2008 at 08:39 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 14 February 2008 at 01:07 in ♉ Taurus.
This apogee Moon is 404 532 km (251 365 mi) away from Earth. It is 876 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 177 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
7 days after its descending node on 24 January 2008 at 10:49 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 7 February 2008 at 21:39 in ♒ Aquarius.
19 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 19 January 2008 at 23:29 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.985°. Next 2 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 6 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.