Moon ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 4 August 2009 Tuesday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 28 July 2009 at 22:00.
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 ∠25° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1891".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2009 after 1 day 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 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 118 of Meeus index or 1071 from Brown series.
Length of current 118 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 27 minutes. It is 1 hour and 16 minutes shorter than next lunation 119 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 17 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 52 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠4.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠20.3°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 00:42, this is 13 days after last perigee on 21 July 2009 at 20:16 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 19 August 2009 at 04:53 in ♌ Leo.
This apogee Moon is 406 027 km (252 293 mi) away from Earth. It is 619 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 682 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♑ Capricorn at 21:42 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 18 August 2009 at 14:06 in ♋ Cancer.
At 21:42 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
2 days after previous South standstill on 1 August 2009 at 13:28 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.478°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.442° in the next northern standstill on 15 August 2009 at 21:54 in ♊ Gemini.
After 1 day on 6 August 2009 at 00:55 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.