Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 27 April 2012 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | April 2012

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

Waxing Crescent 31% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 31% and growing larger. The 5 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 6 days on 21 April 2012 at 07:18.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1819"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1819" and ∠1906".

Flower Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2012 after 8 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

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 152 / 1105

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 152 of Meeus index or 1105 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.69 days

Length of current 152 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 29 minutes. 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 after apogee

4 days after point of apogee on 22 April 2012 at 13:49 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 6 May 2012 at 03:33 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 394 084 km

Moon is 394 084 km (244 872 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 954 km (221 801 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days after its descending node on 24 April 2012 at 03:44 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 7 May 2012 at 09:43 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

17 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

2 days after previous North standstill on 25 April 2012 at 05:37 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.738°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.719° in the next southern standstill on 8 May 2012 at 06:18 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 8 days

After 8 days on 6 May 2012 at 03:35 in ♏ Scorpio, 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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