Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 3 October 2008 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 29 September 2008 at 08:12.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1775" and ∠1918".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2008 after 11 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 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 108 of Meeus index or 1061 from Brown series.
Length of current 108 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 2 minutes. It is 2 hours and 39 minutes shorter than next lunation 109 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 45 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠98.7°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠133.4°. 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°).
13 days after point of perigee on 20 September 2008 at 03:17 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 5 October 2008 at 10:34 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 403 908 km (250 977 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 716 km (251 479 mi).
7 days after its descending node on 25 September 2008 at 16:20 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 10 October 2008 at 00:38 in ♒ Aquarius.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 21 September 2008 at 18:30 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.476°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.370° in the next southern standstill on 5 October 2008 at 14:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 11 days on 14 October 2008 at 20:03 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.