Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 23 April 2009 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2009 | April 2009

Waning Crescent phase
Waning Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Crescent 3% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 3% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 17 April 2009 at 13:36.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1871"

Lunar disc appears visually 2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1871" and ∠1908".

Flower Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2009 after 15 days on 9 May 2009 at 04:01.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 25 April 2009 at 03:23
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 1 May 2009 at 20:44
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 9 May 2009 at 04:01
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 17 May 2009 at 07:26

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 114 / 1067

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.

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Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 17 minutes. It is 2 hours and 29 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 27 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 42 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠282.4°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠282.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠311.7°.

Moon before apogee

7 days after point of apogee on 16 April 2009 at 09:15 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 28 April 2009 at 06:26 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 383 176 km

The Moon is 383 176 km (238 095 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 366 042 km (227 448 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after ascending node on 18 April 2009 at 05:19 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 7 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 1 May 2009 at 07:50 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

5 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

8 days since the previous standstill on 14 April 2009 at 13:02 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.665°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.567° at the point of next northern standstill on 28 April 2009 at 08:50 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 25 April 2009 at 03:23 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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