Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 12 October 2009 Monday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2009 | October 2009

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

Waning Crescent 37% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 37% and getting smaller. The 23 days old Moon is in ♌ Leo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 11 October 2009 at 08:56.

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 is entering ♌ Leo

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1923".

Beaver Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2009 after 21 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 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.

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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

14 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 day, 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 363 331 km

The Moon is 363 331 km (225 763 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 068 km (229 328 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 11 October 2009 at 23:01 in ♋ Cancer. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 25 October 2009 at 08:52 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Draconic month

14 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

3 days since the previous standstill on 9 October 2009 at 09:49 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.057°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.951° at the point of next southern standstill on 22 October 2009 at 12:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 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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