Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 18 November 2009 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 16 November 2009 at 19:14.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1803" and ∠1941".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2009 after 13 days on 2 December 2009 at 07:30.
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 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 122 of Meeus index or 1075 from Brown series.
Length of current 122 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 48 minutes. It is 2 hours and 21 minutes shorter than next lunation 123 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 4 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 59 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠99.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠135.6°. 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°).
11 days after point of perigee on 7 November 2009 at 07:30 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 22 November 2009 at 20:07 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 397 488 km (246 988 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 736 km (251 491 mi).
10 days after its descending node on 7 November 2009 at 23:25 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 21 November 2009 at 11:34 in ♑ Capricorn.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 19:53 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-25.795°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠25.772° in its northern standstill point on 2 December 2009 at 23:37 in ♊ Gemini.
After 13 days on 2 December 2009 at 07:30 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.