Moon ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 9 February 2017 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 4 February 2017 at 04:19.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1919" and ∠1944".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2017 after 1 day on 11 February 2017 at 00:33.
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 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 211 of Meeus index or 1164 from Brown series.
Length of current 211 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 51 minutes. It is 2 hours and 52 minutes longer than next lunation 212 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 7 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 56 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠259.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠295°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
2 days after point of perigee on 6 February 2017 at 13:59 in ♊ Gemini. 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 18 February 2017 at 21:14 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 373 544 km (232 109 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 376 km (251 268 mi).
10 days after its descending node on 29 January 2017 at 22:21 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 11 February 2017 at 19:49 in ♌ Leo.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 7 February 2017 at 18:34 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.865°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.848° in the next southern standstill on 21 February 2017 at 20:50 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 1 day on 11 February 2017 at 00:33 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.