Quarter* ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 16 May 2009 Saturday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 17 May 2009 at 07:26 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1783" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2009 after 22 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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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°).
2 days 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 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 May 2009 at 03:44 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 402 066 km (249 832 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 155 km (224 411 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 15 May 2009 at 07:13 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 28 May 2009 at 10:19 in ♌ Leo.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous South standstill on 11 May 2009 at 20:03 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.486°. Next 9 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 8 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.