Crescent ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 12 October 2009 Monday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 11 October 2009 at 08:56.
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 first ∠4° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1923".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2009 after 21 days on 2 November 2009 at 19:14.
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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 120 of Meeus index or 1073 from Brown series.
Length of current 120 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 49 minutes. It is 2 hours and 52 minutes shorter than next lunation 121 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 55 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 14 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠39.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠65.2°. 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°).
14 days after point of apogee on 28 September 2009 at 03:33 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 13 October 2009 at 12:28 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 363 331 km (225 763 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 068 km (229 328 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 11 October 2009 at 23:01 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 25 October 2009 at 08:52 in ♑ Capricorn.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 9 October 2009 at 09:49 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.057°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.951° in the next southern standstill on 22 October 2009 at 12:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 5 days on 18 October 2009 at 05:33 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.