Crescent ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 28 April 2009 Tuesday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 25 April 2009 at 03:23.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1905".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2009 after 10 days on 9 May 2009 at 04:01.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 115 of Meeus index or 1068 from Brown series.
Length of current 115 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 48 minutes. It is 1 hour and 24 minutes longer than next lunation 116 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 56 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 13 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠311.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠332.7°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 06:26, this is 11 days after last apogee on 16 April 2009 at 09:15 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 14 May 2009 at 02:57 in ♑ Capricorn.
This perigee Moon is 366 042 km (227 448 mi) away from Earth. It is 3 534 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 4 314 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
10 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 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 1 May 2009 at 07:50 in ♌ Leo.
10 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 08:50 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠26.567°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-26.486° in its southern standstill point on 11 May 2009 at 20:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 10 days on 9 May 2009 at 04:01 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.