Quarter ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 15 May 2009 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 6 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 ∠5° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1774" and ∠1898".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2009 after 23 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 20 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 14 May 2009 at 02:57 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 May 2009 at 03:44 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 404 154 km (251 130 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 155 km (224 411 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♒ Aquarius at 07:13 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 28 May 2009 at 10:19 in ♌ Leo.
At 07:13 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
3 days after previous South standstill on 11 May 2009 at 20:03 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.486°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.451° in the next northern standstill on 25 May 2009 at 16:56 in ♊ Gemini.
After 9 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.