Crescent ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 31 January 2009 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 26 January 2009 at 07:55.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1884" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2009 after 9 days on 9 February 2009 at 14:49.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 112 of Meeus index or 1065 from Brown series.
Length of current 112 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 40 minutes. It is 3 hours and 9 minutes longer than next lunation 113 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 56 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 7 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠213.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠246.2°. 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°).
8 days after point of apogee on 23 January 2009 at 00:11 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 7 February 2009 at 20:08 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 380 460 km (236 407 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 487 km (224 618 mi).
4 days after its ascending node on 26 January 2009 at 13:27 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 8 February 2009 at 19:46 in ♌ Leo.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 22 January 2009 at 14:02 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.081°. Next 5 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 9 days on 9 February 2009 at 14:49 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.