Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 4 July 2009 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 29 June 2009 at 11:28.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1790" and ∠1887".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2009 after 2 days on 7 July 2009 at 09:21.
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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 117 of Meeus index or 1070 from Brown series.
Length of current 117 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 1 minute. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2009. It is 27 minutes shorter than next lunation 118 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 44 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 25 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠349.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠4.5°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
11 days after point of perigee on 23 June 2009 at 10:39 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 7 July 2009 at 21:39 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 400 445 km (248 825 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 233 km (252 421 mi).
9 days after its descending node on 24 June 2009 at 17:24 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 8 July 2009 at 15:24 in ♑ Capricorn.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 22 June 2009 at 02:48 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.446°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.460° in the next southern standstill on 5 July 2009 at 07:34 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 days on 7 July 2009 at 09:21 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.