Crescent ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 31 August 2008 Sunday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1868" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2008 after 14 days on 15 September 2008 at 09:13.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 19:58 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 107 of Meeus index or 1060 from Brown series.
29 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes is the length of new lunation 107. It is 2 hours and 48 minutes shorter than next lunation 108 length.
Length of current synodic month is 30 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 39 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠64.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠98.7°. 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°).
5 days after point of perigee on 26 August 2008 at 03:44 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 7 September 2008 at 14:58 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 383 662 km (238 397 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 7 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 210 km (251 164 mi).
2 days after its descending node on 29 August 2008 at 10:30 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 12 September 2008 at 18:24 in ♒ Aquarius.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 25 August 2008 at 13:03 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.596°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.550° in the next southern standstill on 8 September 2008 at 06:13 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.