Crescent ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 16 September 2009 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 12 September 2009 at 02:16.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1909".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2009 after 17 days on 4 October 2009 at 06:10.
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 119 of Meeus index or 1072 from Brown series.
Length of current 119 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 43 minutes. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 07:55, this is 15 days after last apogee on 31 August 2009 at 11:04 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 28 September 2009 at 03:33 in ♑ Capricorn.
This perigee Moon is 364 054 km (226 213 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 546 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 6 302 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after its descending node on 14 September 2009 at 20:56 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 28 September 2009 at 06:52 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 12 September 2009 at 04:36 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.289°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.188° in the next southern standstill on 25 September 2009 at 04:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 days on 18 September 2009 at 18:44 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.