Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 11 May 2009 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 9 May 2009 at 04:01.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1779" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2009 after 27 days on 7 June 2009 at 18:12.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
13 days after point of perigee on 28 April 2009 at 06:26 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 14 May 2009 at 02:57 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 402 882 km (250 339 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 916 km (251 603 mi).
10 days after its descending node on 1 May 2009 at 07:50 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 15 May 2009 at 07:13 in ♒ Aquarius.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 20:03 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-26.486°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠26.451° in its northern standstill point on 25 May 2009 at 16:56 in ♊ Gemini.
After 13 days on 24 May 2009 at 12:11 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.