Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 17 September 2009 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2009 | September 2009

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

Waning Crescent 2% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 2% and getting smaller. The 28 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 12 September 2009 at 02:16.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1950"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1950" and ∠1909".

Hunter Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2009 after 16 days on 4 October 2009 at 06:10.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 119 / 1072

The Moon is 28 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.

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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

1 day after point of perigee on 16 September 2009 at 07:55 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 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 28 September 2009 at 03:33 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 367 660 km

The Moon is 367 660 km (228 453 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 432 km (251 302 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 14 September 2009 at 20:56 in ♋ Cancer. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 28 September 2009 at 06:52 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Draconic month

16 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 after northern standstill

5 days since the previous standstill on 12 September 2009 at 04:36 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.289°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.188° at the point of next southern standstill on 25 September 2009 at 04:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 18 September 2009 at 18:44 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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