Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 14 January 2009 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2009 | January 2009

Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 85% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 85% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 11 January 2009 at 03:27.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1908"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1908" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon before 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2009 after 26 days on 9 February 2009 at 14:49.

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 111 / 1064

The Moon is 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 111 of Meeus index or 1064 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.81 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 33 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2009. It is 1 hour and 53 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 6 hours and 49 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 14 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠186.6°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠186.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠213.2°.

Moon after perigee

4 days after point of perigee on 10 January 2009 at 10:52 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 23 January 2009 at 00:11 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 375 626 km

The Moon is 375 626 km (233 403 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 116 km (252 349 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 12 January 2009 at 08:34 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 26 January 2009 at 13:27 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

15 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 after northern standstill

5 days since the previous standstill on 9 January 2009 at 05:38 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.060°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.081° at the point of next southern standstill on 22 January 2009 at 14:02 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 11 days

In 11 days on 26 January 2009 at 07:55 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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