Crescent ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 18 August 2009 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 13 August 2009 at 18:55.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Lunar disc appears visually 4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1896".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2009 after 17 days on 4 September 2009 at 16:03.
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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
14 days after point of apogee on 4 August 2009 at 00:42 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 August 2009 at 04:53 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 363 350 km (225 775 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 642 km (223 471 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♋ Cancer at 14:06 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 1 September 2009 at 03:18 in ♑ Capricorn.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 15 August 2009 at 21:54 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.442°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.391° in the next southern standstill on 28 August 2009 at 20:17 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 1 day on 20 August 2009 at 10:01 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.