Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 12 September 2008 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 7 September 2008 at 14:04.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1816" and ∠1907".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2008 after 2 days on 15 September 2008 at 09:13.
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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 107 of Meeus index or 1060 from Brown series.
Length of current 107 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes. 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°).
4 days after point of apogee on 7 September 2008 at 14:58 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 20 September 2008 at 03:17 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 394 602 km (245 194 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 890 km (229 218 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♒ Aquarius at 18:24 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 25 September 2008 at 16:20 in ♌ Leo.
At 18:24 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
4 days after previous South standstill on 8 September 2008 at 06:13 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.550°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.476° in the next northern standstill on 21 September 2008 at 18:30 in ♊ Gemini.
After 2 days on 15 September 2008 at 09:13 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.