Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 5 January 2011 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 4 January 2011 at 09:03.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1809" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2011 after 14 days on 19 January 2011 at 21:21.
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 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 136 of Meeus index or 1089 from Brown series.
Length of current 136 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 28 minutes. It is 47 minutes shorter than next lunation 137 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 44 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 19 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠103.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠139.2°. 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°).
10 days after point of perigee on 25 December 2010 at 12:24 in ♌ Leo. 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 10 January 2011 at 05:38 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 396 177 km (246 173 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 976 km (251 640 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 3 January 2011 at 12:48 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 18 January 2011 at 00:06 in ♋ Cancer.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous South standstill on 2 January 2011 at 10:06 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.242°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠24.221° in the next northern standstill on 16 January 2011 at 22:51 in ♊ Gemini.
After 14 days on 19 January 2011 at 21:21 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.