Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 71% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 26 September 2009 at 04:50.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1915".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2009 after 5 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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 120 of Meeus index or 1073 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 49 minutes. It is 2 hours and 52 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°).
The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 55 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 14 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠39.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠65.2°.
Moon is at apogee at 03:33. It is 11 days after previous perigee on 16 September 2009 at 07:55 in ♌ Leo. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 15 days, until point of next perigee on 13 October 2009 at 12:28 in ♌ Leo.
This apogee Moon is 404 432 km (251 302 mi) away from Earth. It is 976 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 277 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♑ Capricorn at 06:52 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 13 days later on 11 October 2009 at 23:01 in ♋ Cancer.
At 06:52 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
3 days since the previous standstill on 25 September 2009 at 04:03 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.188°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.057° at the point of next northern standstill on 9 October 2009 at 09:49 in ♊ Gemini.
In 5 days on 4 October 2009 at 06:10 in ♈ Aries 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.