Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 9 October 2009 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2009 | October 2009

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

Waning Gibbous 71% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 71% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 4 October 2009 at 06:10.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1950"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1950" and ∠1921".

Hunter Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2009 after 24 days on 2 November 2009 at 19:14.

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 120 / 1073

The Moon is 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 120 of Meeus index or 1073 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.45 days

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°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

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.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠39.3°

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 before apogee

11 days after point of apogee on 28 September 2009 at 03:33 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 13 October 2009 at 12:28 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 367 564 km

The Moon is 367 564 km (228 394 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 068 km (229 328 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 28 September 2009 at 06:52 in ♑ Capricorn. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 11 October 2009 at 23:01 in ♋ Cancer.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon at northern standstill

At 09:49 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠26.057°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-25.951° at the point of next standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 22 October 2009 at 12:10.

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Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 18 October 2009 at 05:33 in ♎ Libra 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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