Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 8 March 2009 Sunday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 4 March 2009 at 07:46.
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 ∠14° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1953" and ∠1933".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2009 after 2 days on 11 March 2009 at 02:38.
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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 113 of Meeus index or 1066 from Brown series.
Length of current 113 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 31 minutes. It is 3 hours and 14 minutes longer than next lunation 114 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 47 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 16 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠246.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠282.4°. 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 March 2009 at 15:06 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 March 2009 at 13:16 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 367 079 km (228 092 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 302 km (251 222 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♌ Leo at 04:05 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 22 March 2009 at 02:12 in ♒ Aquarius.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 4 March 2009 at 21:34 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.987°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.896° in the next southern standstill on 18 March 2009 at 05:07 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 days on 11 March 2009 at 02:38 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.