Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 20 March 2009 Friday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 18 March 2009 at 17:47.
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 ∠19° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1926".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2009 after 20 days on 9 April 2009 at 14:56.
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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 apogee on 19 March 2009 at 13:16 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 2 April 2009 at 02:31 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 405 110 km (251 724 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 12 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 370 014 km (229 916 mi).
12 days after its descending node on 8 March 2009 at 04:05 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 22 March 2009 at 02:12 in ♒ Aquarius.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 18 March 2009 at 05:07 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.896°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.780° in the next northern standstill on 1 April 2009 at 02:50 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 26 March 2009 at 16:06 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.