Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 31 October 2008 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 28 October 2008 at 23:14.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1772" and ∠1933".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2008 after 12 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 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 109 of Meeus index or 1062 from Brown series.
Length of current 109 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 41 minutes. It is 1 hour and 47 minutes shorter than next lunation 110 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 57 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 6 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠133.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠161.9°. 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°).
14 days after point of perigee on 17 October 2008 at 06:06 in ♉ Taurus. 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 2 November 2008 at 04:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 404 579 km (251 394 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 723 km (252 105 mi).
8 days after its descending node on 22 October 2008 at 18:00 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 6 November 2008 at 03:34 in ♒ Aquarius.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 19 October 2008 at 00:21 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.270°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.155° in the next southern standstill on 1 November 2008 at 20:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 12 days on 13 November 2008 at 06:17 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.