Moon ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 23 April 2009 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days 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 ∠12° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1871" and ∠1908".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2009 after 15 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 27 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°).
7 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 4 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 28 April 2009 at 06:26 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 383 176 km (238 095 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 366 042 km (227 448 mi).
5 days after its ascending node on 18 April 2009 at 05:19 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 1 May 2009 at 07:50 in ♌ Leo.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 14 April 2009 at 13:02 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.665°. Next 4 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 1 day 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.