Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 18 April 2009 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 17 April 2009 at 13:36.
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 ∠9° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1779" and ∠1910".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2009 after 20 days on 9 May 2009 at 04:01.
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 114 of Meeus index or 1067 from Brown series.
Length of current 114 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 17 minutes. It is 2 hours and 29 minutes longer than next lunation 115 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 27 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 42 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠282.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠311.7°. 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 16 April 2009 at 09:15 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 28 April 2009 at 06:26 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 402 981 km (250 401 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 366 042 km (227 448 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♒ Aquarius at 05:19 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 1 May 2009 at 07:50 in ♌ Leo.
At 05:19 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
3 days after previous South standstill on 14 April 2009 at 13:02 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.665°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.567° in the next northern standstill on 28 April 2009 at 08:50 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 25 April 2009 at 03:23 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.