Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 29 February 2012 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 7 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | February 2012

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

Waxing Crescent 45% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 45% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

7 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 7 days on 21 February 2012 at 22:35.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon is entering ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1778"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1778" and ∠1936".

Worm Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2012 after 7 days on 8 March 2012 at 09:40.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Gemini ♊ on 1 March 2012 at 01:22
  • Full Moon in Virgo ♍ on 8 March 2012 at 09:40
  • Last Quarter in Sagittarius ♐ on 15 March 2012 at 01:25
  • New Moon in Pisces ♓ on 22 March 2012 at 14:37

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 150 / 1103

The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 150 of Meeus index or 1103 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.67 days

Length of current 150 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 3 minutes. It is 38 minutes shorter than next lunation 151 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 44 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠107.8°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠107.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠142.2°. 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

1 day after point of apogee on 27 February 2012 at 14:01 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 10 March 2012 at 10:02 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 403 227 km

Moon is 403 227 km (250 554 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 362 401 km (225 186 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♊ Gemini at 22:37 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 13 March 2012 at 20:41 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

13 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 northern standstill

13 days after previous South standstill on 16 February 2012 at 08:36 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-22.299°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠22.150° in the next northern standstill on 1 March 2012 at 16:13 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 8 March 2012 at 09:40 in ♍ Virgo, 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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