Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 20 September 2008 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 15 September 2008 at 09:13.
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 ∠5° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2008 after 24 days on 14 October 2008 at 20:03.
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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 03:17, this is 12 days after last apogee on 7 September 2008 at 14:58 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 5 October 2008 at 10:34 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This perigee Moon is 368 890 km (229 218 mi) away from Earth. It is 6 382 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 1 466 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
7 days after its ascending node on 12 September 2008 at 18:24 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 25 September 2008 at 16:20 in ♌ Leo.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous South standstill on 8 September 2008 at 06:13 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.550°. Next day 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 8 days on 29 September 2008 at 08:12 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.