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Moon phase on 12 May 2008 Monday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2008 | May 2008

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 54% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 12 May 2008 at 03:47 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♌ Leo

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♍ Virgo later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1884"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1884" and ∠1899".

Flower Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2008 after 7 days on 20 May 2008 at 02:11.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 20 May 2008 at 02:11
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 28 May 2008 at 02:57
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 3 June 2008 at 19:23
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 10 June 2008 at 15:04

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 103 / 1056

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 103 of Meeus index or 1056 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.29 days

Length of current 103 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 4 minutes. It is 8 minutes longer than next lunation 104 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 40 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 29 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠349.4°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠349.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠4.4°. 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 after perigee

6 days after point of perigee on 6 May 2008 at 03:22 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 20 May 2008 at 14:27 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 380 472 km

Moon is 380 472 km (236 414 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 404 km (252 528 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♌ Leo at 06:37 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet ascending node on 26 May 2008 at 21:45 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.

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Moon after northern standstill

4 days after previous North standstill on 8 May 2008 at 01:51 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.625°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.542° in the next southern standstill on 22 May 2008 at 04:00 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 20 May 2008 at 02:11 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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