Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 18 February 2009 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 16 February 2009 at 21:37.
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 about ∠17° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1772" and ∠1941".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2009 after 20 days on 11 March 2009 at 02:38.
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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
10 days 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 day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 19 February 2009 at 17:00 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 404 413 km (251 291 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 132 km (251 737 mi).
9 days after its descending node on 8 February 2009 at 19:46 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 22 February 2009 at 20:31 in ♒ Aquarius.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 21:09 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-27.057°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠26.987° in its northern standstill point on 4 March 2009 at 21:34 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 25 February 2009 at 01:35 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.