Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 1 January 2010 Friday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1951".
The Full Moon this days is the Wolf of January 2010.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 123 of Meeus index or 1076 from Brown series.
Length of current 123 lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 9 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2010. It is 31 minutes shorter than next lunation 124 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 25 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 38 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠135.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠164.3°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 20:36, this is 12 days after last apogee on 20 December 2009 at 14:54 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 17 January 2010 at 01:40 in ♒ Aquarius.
This perigee Moon is 358 684 km (222 876 mi) away from Earth. It is 3 824 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 11 672 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in descending node in ♋ Cancer at 12:30 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 14 January 2010 at 23:18 in ♑ Capricorn.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 30 December 2009 at 10:09 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.787°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.796° in the next southern standstill on 12 January 2010 at 08:33 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.