Moon* ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 8 February 2009 Sunday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 2 February 2009 at 23:13.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1959" and ∠1945".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2009 after 1 day 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 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 7 February 2009 at 20:08 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 19 February 2009 at 17:00 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 365 947 km (227 389 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 132 km (251 737 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♌ Leo at 19:46 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet ascending node on 22 February 2009 at 20:31 in ♒ Aquarius.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 5 February 2009 at 14:55 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.083°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.057° in the next southern standstill on 18 February 2009 at 21:09 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 1 day 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.