Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 2 October 2011 Sunday is Waxing Crescent, 6 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 27 September 2011 at 11:09.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1927" and ∠1917".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2011 after 9 days on 12 October 2011 at 02:06.
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 6 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 145 of Meeus index or 1098 from Brown series.
Length of current 145 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 47 minutes. It is 1 hour and 27 minutes shorter than next lunation 146 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 57 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 12 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠350.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠5.3°. 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°).
4 days after point of perigee on 28 September 2011 at 01:01 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 12 October 2011 at 11:43 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 372 008 km (231 155 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 435 km (252 547 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 09:09 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 16 October 2011 at 21:01 in ♊ Gemini.
At 09:09 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
At 11:38 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-22.791°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠22.665° in its northern standstill point on 17 October 2011 at 02:06 in ♊ Gemini.
After 9 days on 12 October 2011 at 02:06 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.