Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 1 April 2012 Sunday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | April 2012

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

Waxing Gibbous 67% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 67% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 30 March 2012 at 19:41.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon is entering ♌ Leo

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1853"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1853" and ∠1920".

Pink Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2012 after 5 days on 6 April 2012 at 19:19.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 29 April 2012 at 09:58

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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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 before perigee

6 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 6 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 386 854 km

Moon is 386 854 km (240 380 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 314 km (222 646 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after its descending node on 28 March 2012 at 00:19 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 10 April 2012 at 00:47 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

18 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 after northern standstill

3 days after previous North standstill on 28 March 2012 at 23:40 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.890°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.814° in the next southern standstill on 10 April 2012 at 21:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 5 days

After 5 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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