Crescent ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 28 May 2009 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 24 May 2009 at 12:11.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1893".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2009 after 10 days on 7 June 2009 at 18:12.
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 116 of Meeus index or 1069 from Brown series.
Length of current 116 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 24 minutes. It is 24 minutes longer than next lunation 117 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 20 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 49 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠332.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠349.4°. 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 perigee on 26 May 2009 at 03:44 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 10 June 2009 at 16:04 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 364 003 km (226 181 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 13 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 786 km (252 144 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♌ Leo at 10:19 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 11 June 2009 at 10:15 in ♒ Aquarius.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 25 May 2009 at 16:56 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.451°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.429° in the next southern standstill on 8 June 2009 at 02:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 10 days on 7 June 2009 at 18:12 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.