Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 20 February 2009 Friday is Waning Crescent, 25 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 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.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1940".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2009 after 18 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 25 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 19 February 2009 at 17:00 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 15 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 7 March 2009 at 15:06 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 405 377 km (251 890 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 15 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 020 km (228 056 mi).
11 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 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 22 February 2009 at 20:31 in ♒ Aquarius.
24 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 12 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 4 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.