Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 3 January 2010 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 31 December 2009 at 19:13.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2010 after 26 days on 30 January 2010 at 06:18.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 1 January 2010 at 20:36 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 17 January 2010 at 01:40 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 363 561 km (225 906 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 13 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 434 km (252 546 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 1 January 2010 at 12:30 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 14 January 2010 at 23:18 in ♑ Capricorn.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 30 December 2009 at 10:09 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.787°. Next 8 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.
After 11 days on 15 January 2010 at 07:11 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.