Gibbous ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 22 February 2008 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 21 February 2008 at 03:31.
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.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1828" and ∠1940".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2008 after 28 days on 21 March 2008 at 18:40.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 100 of Meeus index or 1053 from Brown series.
Length of current 100 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 30 minutes. It is 2 hours and 49 minutes longer than next lunation 101 length.
Length of current synodic month is 46 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 17 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠280°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠310.8°. 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°).
8 days after point of perigee on 14 February 2008 at 01:07 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 28 February 2008 at 01:27 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 392 177 km (243 687 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 442 km (251 309 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 20 February 2008 at 20:01 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 6 March 2008 at 06:52 in ♒ Aquarius.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 16 February 2008 at 06:10 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.043°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.030° in the next southern standstill on 1 March 2008 at 08:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 14 days on 7 March 2008 at 17:14 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.