Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 15 January 2012 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 21 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | January 2012

Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 60% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 60% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 6 days on 9 January 2012 at 07:30.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1967"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon before 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2012 after 23 days on 7 February 2012 at 21:54.

Upcoming main Moon phases

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 148 / 1101

The Moon is 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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 before perigee

12 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 2 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 364 479 km

Moon is 364 479 km (226 477 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 883 km (229 835 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 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 4 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

23 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 before southern standstill

8 days after previous North standstill on 6 January 2012 at 21:46 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.539°. Next 4 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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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 23 January 2012 at 07:39 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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