Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 19 February 2009 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days 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.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1941".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2009 after 19 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 24 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 17:00, this is 11 days after last perigee on 7 February 2009 at 20:08 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 16 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 7 March 2009 at 15:06 in ♋ Cancer.
This apogee Moon is 405 132 km (251 737 mi) away from Earth. It is 276 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 577 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
10 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 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 22 February 2009 at 20:31 in ♒ Aquarius.
23 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 18 February 2009 at 21:09 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.057°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.987° in the next northern standstill on 4 March 2009 at 21:34 in ♊ Gemini.
After 5 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.