Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 17 April 2012 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Pisces.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | April 2012

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

Waning Crescent 13% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 13% and getting smaller. The 26 days old Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 13 April 2012 at 10:50.

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 ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1815"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1815" and ∠1911".

Flower Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2012 after 18 days on 6 May 2012 at 03:35.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 21 April 2012 at 07:18
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 29 April 2012 at 09:58
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 6 May 2012 at 03:35
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 12 May 2012 at 21:47

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 151 / 1104

The Moon is 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 apogee

9 days after point of perigee on 7 April 2012 at 16:59 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 22 April 2012 at 13:49 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 394 896 km

Moon is 394 896 km (245 377 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 422 km (252 539 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after its ascending node on 10 April 2012 at 00:47 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 April 2012 at 03:44 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon after southern standstill

6 days after previous South standstill on 10 April 2012 at 21:03 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.814°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.738° in the next northern standstill on 25 April 2012 at 05:37 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 3 days

After 3 days on 21 April 2012 at 07:18 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Last Quarter geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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