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Moon phase on 21 April 2012 Saturday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | April 2012

New Moon phase
New Moon phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

New Moon

New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The less than 1 day young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 21 April 2012 at 07:18 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.

Moon is entering ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1909".

Flower Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2012 after 14 days on 6 May 2012 at 03:35.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 20 May 2012 at 23:47

Spring tide

There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

New lunation 152 / 1105

At 07:18 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 152 of Meeus index or 1105 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.69 days

29 days, 16 hours and 29 minutes is the length of new lunation 152. It is 1 hour and 14 minutes longer than next lunation 153 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 18 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠168.7°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠168.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠191.8°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Moon before apogee

13 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 day, 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 405 110 km

Moon is 405 110 km (251 724 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 422 km (252 539 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 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 2 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

11 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 before northern standstill

10 days after previous South standstill on 10 April 2012 at 21:03 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.814°. Next 3 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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Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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