Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 11 March 2012 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | March 2012

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

Waning Gibbous 87% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 87% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 8 March 2012 at 09:40.

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 is entering ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1972"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1931".

Worm Moon before 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2012 after 26 days on 6 April 2012 at 19:19.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Sagittarius ♐ on 15 March 2012 at 01:25
  • New Moon in Pisces ♓ on 22 March 2012 at 14:37
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 30 March 2012 at 19:41
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 6 April 2012 at 19:19

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 150 / 1103

The Moon is 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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 perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 10 March 2012 at 10:02 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 14 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 March 2012 at 06:04 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 363 419 km

Moon is 363 419 km (225 818 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 14 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 780 km (252 140 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after its descending node on 29 February 2012 at 22:37 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 13 March 2012 at 20:41 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

24 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

9 days after previous North standstill on 1 March 2012 at 16:13 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.150°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-22.032° in the next southern standstill on 14 March 2012 at 14:09 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 11 days

After 11 days on 22 March 2012 at 14:37 in ♓ Pisces, 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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