Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 31 October 2008 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2008 | October 2008

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 6% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 6% and growing larger. The 2 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 28 October 2008 at 23:14.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1772"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1772" and ∠1933".

Beaver Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2008 after 12 days on 13 November 2008 at 06:17.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 109 / 1062

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.

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Synodic month length 29.74 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 41 minutes. It is 1 hour and 47 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 57 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 6 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠133.4°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠133.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠161.9°.

Moon before perigee

14 days after point of perigee on 17 October 2008 at 06:06 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 2 November 2008 at 04:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 404 579 km

The Moon is 404 579 km (251 394 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 723 km (252 105 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after descending node on 22 October 2008 at 18:00 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 6 November 2008 at 03:34 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

21 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the previous standstill on 19 October 2008 at 00:21 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.270°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-27.155° at the point of next southern standstill on 1 November 2008 at 20:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 13 November 2008 at 06:17 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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