Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 15 February 2012 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | February 2012

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

Waning Crescent 41% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 41% and getting smaller. The 23 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 14 February 2012 at 17:04.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1960"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1960" and ∠1943".

Worm Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2012 after 21 days on 8 March 2012 at 09:40.

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 149 / 1102

The Moon is 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 149 of Meeus index or 1102 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.62 days

Length of current 149 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 55 minutes. It is 1 hour and 8 minutes shorter than next lunation 150 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 11 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 52 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠70.8°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠70.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠107.8°. 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 perigee

3 days after point of perigee on 11 February 2012 at 18:32 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 27 February 2012 at 14:01 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 365 760 km

Moon is 365 760 km (227 273 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 864 km (251 571 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 20:16 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 29 February 2012 at 22:37 in ♊ Gemini.

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New draconic month

At 20:16 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon before southern standstill

12 days after previous North standstill on 3 February 2012 at 07:11 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.404°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-22.299° in the next southern standstill on 16 February 2012 at 08:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 6 days

After 6 days on 21 February 2012 at 22:35 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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