Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 22 August 2009 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2009 | August 2009

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 6% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 6% and growing larger. The 2 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 20 August 2009 at 10:01.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♍ Virgo

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♎ Libra later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1918"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1918" and ∠1897".

Harvest Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2009 after 13 days on 4 September 2009 at 16:03.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 119 / 1072

The Moon is 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 119 of Meeus index or 1072 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.36 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 43 minutes. It is 2 hours and 6 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 4 hours and 1 minute shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 8 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠20.3°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠20.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠39.3°.

Moon after perigee

3 days after point of perigee on 19 August 2009 at 04:53 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 31 August 2009 at 11:04 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 373 688 km

The Moon is 373 688 km (232 199 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 269 km (251 822 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days after descending node on 18 August 2009 at 14:06 in ♋ Cancer. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 1 September 2009 at 03:18 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Draconic month

17 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

6 days since the previous standstill on 15 August 2009 at 21:54 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.442°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.391° at the point of next southern standstill on 28 August 2009 at 20:17 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 4 September 2009 at 16:03 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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