Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 2 February 2008 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 25 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days 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 ∠19° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1778" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2008 after 18 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 25 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 31 January 2008 at 04:26 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 14 February 2008 at 01:07 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 403 043 km (250 439 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 370 216 km (230 042 mi).
9 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 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 7 February 2008 at 21:39 in ♒ Aquarius.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 23:33 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-28.025°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠28.043° in its northern standstill point on 16 February 2008 at 06:10 in ♊ Gemini.
After 4 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.