Quarter* ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 8 December 2009 Tuesday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 9 December 2009 at 00:13 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1957" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2009 after 23 days on 31 December 2009 at 19:13.
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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last 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°).
3 days after point of perigee on 4 December 2009 at 14:12 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 20 December 2009 at 14:54 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 366 208 km (227 551 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 731 km (252 110 mi).
3 days after its descending node on 5 December 2009 at 03:18 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 18 December 2009 at 16:41 in ♑ Capricorn.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 2 December 2009 at 23:37 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.772°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.769° in the next southern standstill on 16 December 2009 at 02:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 8 days on 16 December 2009 at 12:02 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.