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Moon phase on 9 January 2012 Monday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | January 2012

Full Moon phase
Full Moon phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Full Moon 100% illuminated

Full Moon is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 100%. The 15 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

* The exact date and time of this Full Moon phase is on 9 January 2012 at 07:30 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1849"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1849" and ∠1951".

It is Wolf Moon

The Full Moon this days is the Wolf of January 2012.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Spring tide

There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Lunation 148 / 1101

The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 148 of Meeus index or 1101 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.56 days

Length of current 148 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 33 minutes. It is 1 hour and 22 minutes shorter than next lunation 149 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 49 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 14 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠42.1°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠42.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠70.8°. 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 after apogee

6 days after point of apogee on 2 January 2012 at 20:19 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 17 January 2012 at 21:28 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 387 589 km

Moon is 387 589 km (240 837 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 883 km (229 835 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after its descending node on 6 January 2012 at 14:30 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 19 January 2012 at 18:26 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon after northern standstill

2 days after previous North standstill on 6 January 2012 at 21:46 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.539°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-22.492° in the next southern standstill on 20 January 2012 at 02:12 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy

The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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