Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 8 July 2009 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 15 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 7 July 2009 at 09:21.
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.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1887".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2009 after 28 days on 6 August 2009 at 00:55.
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 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 7 July 2009 at 21:39 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 21 July 2009 at 20:16 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 405 298 km (251 841 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 13 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 465 km (222 118 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♑ Capricorn at 15:24 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 22 July 2009 at 03:47 in ♌ Leo.
At 15:24 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
3 days after previous South standstill on 5 July 2009 at 07:34 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.460°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.477° in the next northern standstill on 19 July 2009 at 13:01 in ♊ Gemini.
After 13 days on 22 July 2009 at 02:35 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.