Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 9 July 2009 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2009 | July 2009

Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 96% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 96% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 7 July 2009 at 09:21.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1773"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1773" and ∠1887".

Buck Moon before 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2009 after 27 days on 6 August 2009 at 00:55.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Aries ♈ on 15 July 2009 at 09:53
  • New Moon in Cancer ♋ on 22 July 2009 at 02:35
  • First Quarter in Libra ♎ on 28 July 2009 at 22:00
  • Full Moon in Aquarius ♒ on 6 August 2009 at 00:55

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 117 / 1070

The Moon is 16 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.

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Synodic month length 29.29 days

The length of the 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 the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 44 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 25 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠349.4°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠349.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠4.5°.

Moon after apogee

1 day after point of apogee on 7 July 2009 at 21:39 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 21 July 2009 at 20:16 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 404 214 km

The Moon is 404 214 km (251 167 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 465 km (222 118 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 8 July 2009 at 15:24 in ♑ Capricorn. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 22 July 2009 at 03:47 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon after southern standstill

4 days since the previous standstill on 5 July 2009 at 07:34 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.460°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.477° at the point of next northern standstill on 19 July 2009 at 13:01 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 22 July 2009 at 02:35 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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