Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 23 January 2009 Friday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 18 January 2009 at 02:46.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2009 after 17 days on 9 February 2009 at 14:49.
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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 111 of Meeus index or 1064 from Brown series.
Length of current 111 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 next lunation 112 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 49 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 14 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠186.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠213.2°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 00:11, this is 12 days after last perigee on 10 January 2009 at 10:52 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 7 February 2009 at 20:08 in ♋ Cancer.
This apogee Moon is 406 116 km (252 349 mi) away from Earth. It is 708 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 593 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
11 days after its descending node on 12 January 2009 at 08:34 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 26 January 2009 at 13:27 in ♒ Aquarius.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 22 January 2009 at 14:02 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.081°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.083° in the next northern standstill on 5 February 2009 at 14:55 in ♊ Gemini.
After 2 days on 26 January 2009 at 07:55 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.