Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 21 June 2008 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 18 June 2008 at 17:30.
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 first ∠1° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1808" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2008 after 26 days on 18 July 2008 at 07:59.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 104 of Meeus index or 1057 from Brown series.
Length of current 104 lunation is 29 days, 6 hours and 56 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2008. It is 58 minutes shorter than next lunation 105 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 48 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 21 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠4.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠20.1°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
4 days after point of apogee on 16 June 2008 at 17:33 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 1 July 2008 at 21:22 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 396 549 km (246 404 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 513 km (223 391 mi).
13 days after its descending node on 8 June 2008 at 09:15 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 22 June 2008 at 23:17 in ♒ Aquarius.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
3 days after previous South standstill on 18 June 2008 at 09:08 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.510°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.541° in the next northern standstill on 1 July 2008 at 21:36 in ♊ Gemini.
After 11 days on 3 July 2008 at 02:19 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.