Last Quarter on

Moon phase on 17 February 2009 Tuesday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2009 | February 2009

Last Quarter phase
Last Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Last Quarter 44% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 44% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 16 February 2009 at 21:37 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Moon in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1781"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1781" and ∠1941".

Worm Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2009 after 21 days on 11 March 2009 at 02:38.

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 112 / 1065

The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 112 of Meeus index or 1065 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.74 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 40 minutes. It is 3 hours and 9 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 4 hours and 56 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 7 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠213.2°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠213.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠246.2°.

Moon before perigee

9 days after point of perigee on 7 February 2009 at 20:08 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 2 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 19 February 2009 at 17:00 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 402 479 km

The Moon is 402 479 km (250 089 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 132 km (251 737 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after descending node on 8 February 2009 at 19:46 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 22 February 2009 at 20:31 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

11 days since the previous standstill on 5 February 2009 at 14:55 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.083°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-27.057° at the point of next southern standstill on 18 February 2009 at 21:09 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 25 February 2009 at 01:35 in ♓ Pisces 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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