Crescent ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 20 August 2009 Thursday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1956" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2009 after 15 days on 4 September 2009 at 16:03.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 10:02 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 119 of Meeus index or 1072 from Brown series.
29 days, 8 hours and 43 minutes is the length of new lunation 119. It is 2 hours and 6 minutes shorter than next lunation 120 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 1 minute shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 8 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠20.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠39.3°. 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 19 August 2009 at 04:53 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 31 August 2009 at 11:04 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 366 473 km (227 716 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 269 km (251 822 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 18 August 2009 at 14:06 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 1 September 2009 at 03:18 in ♑ Capricorn.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 15 August 2009 at 21:54 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.442°. Next 8 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.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.