Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 28 March 2012 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | March 2012

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

Waxing Crescent 28% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 28% and growing larger. The 5 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 22 March 2012 at 14:37.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1782"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1782" and ∠1922".

Pink Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2012 after 9 days on 6 April 2012 at 19:19.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 30 March 2012 at 19:41
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 6 April 2012 at 19:19
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 13 April 2012 at 10:50
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 21 April 2012 at 07:18

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 151 / 1104

The Moon is 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 151 of Meeus index or 1104 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.7 days

Length of current 151 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 41 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2012. It is 12 minutes longer than next lunation 152 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 57 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 6 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠142.2°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠142.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠168.7°. 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

2 days after point of apogee on 26 March 2012 at 06:04 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 7 April 2012 at 16:59 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 402 335 km

Moon is 402 335 km (249 999 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 314 km (222 646 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♊ Gemini at 00:19 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet ascending node on 10 April 2012 at 00:47 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

14 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 in northern standstill

At 23:40 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠21.890°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-21.814° in its southern standstill point on 10 April 2012 at 21:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 9 days

After 9 days on 6 April 2012 at 19:19 in ♎ Libra, 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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