Gibbous ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 31 October 2009 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 26 October 2009 at 00:42.
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 about ∠10° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1830" and ∠1933".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2009 after 2 days on 2 November 2009 at 19:14.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 121 of Meeus index or 1074 from Brown series.
Length of current 121 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 41 minutes. 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°).
5 days after point of apogee on 25 October 2009 at 23:18 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 7 November 2009 at 07:30 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 391 661 km (243 367 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 900 km (229 224 mi).
6 days after its ascending node on 25 October 2009 at 08:52 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 7 November 2009 at 23:25 in ♋ Cancer.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 22 October 2009 at 12:10 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.951°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.856° in the next northern standstill on 5 November 2009 at 15:31 in ♊ Gemini.
After 2 days on 2 November 2009 at 19:14 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.