Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 18 October 2009 Sunday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1876" and ∠1926".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2009 after 15 days on 2 November 2009 at 19:14.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 05:33 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 121 of Meeus index or 1074 from Brown series.
29 days, 13 hours and 41 minutes is the length of new lunation 121. It is 3 hours and 7 minutes shorter than next lunation 122 length.
Length of current synodic month is 57 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 6 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠65.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠99.9°. 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°).
4 days after point of perigee on 13 October 2009 at 12:28 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 25 October 2009 at 23:18 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 382 137 km (237 449 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 7 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 168 km (251 138 mi).
6 days 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 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 25 October 2009 at 08:52 in ♑ Capricorn.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 9 October 2009 at 09:49 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.057°. Next 4 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.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.