Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 17 October 2008 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 14 October 2008 at 20:03.
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 ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1926".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2008 after 26 days on 13 November 2008 at 06:17.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 06:06, this is 11 days after last apogee on 5 October 2008 at 10:34 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 2 November 2008 at 04:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This perigee Moon is 363 828 km (226 072 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 320 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 6 528 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
7 days after its ascending node on 10 October 2008 at 00:38 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 22 October 2008 at 18:00 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.
11 days after previous South standstill on 5 October 2008 at 14:05 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.370°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.270° in the next northern standstill on 19 October 2008 at 00:21 in ♋ Cancer.
After 11 days on 28 October 2008 at 23:14 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.