Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 9 May 2031 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 7 May 2031 at 03:40.
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 ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1900".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2031 after 26 days on 5 June 2031 at 11:58.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 387 of Meeus index or 1340 from Brown series.
Length of current 387 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 20 minutes. It is 47 minutes shorter than next lunation 388 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 36 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 27 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠106.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠139.8°. 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 07:28, this is 11 days after last apogee on 27 April 2031 at 10:30 in ♋ Cancer. 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 25 May 2031 at 02:08 in ♋ Cancer.
This perigee Moon is 362 851 km (225 465 mi) away from Earth. It is 343 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 7 505 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after its ascending node on 7 May 2031 at 22:55 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 21 May 2031 at 03:26 in ♉ Taurus.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 07:56 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-21.092°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠21.091° in its northern standstill point on 22 May 2031 at 19:41 in ♊ Gemini.
After 11 days on 21 May 2031 at 07:17 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.