Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 16 May 2012 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 25 days old Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | May 2012

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

Waning Crescent 17% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 17% and getting smaller. The 25 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 12 May 2012 at 21:47.

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 ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1791"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1791" and ∠1897".

Strawberry Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2012 after 18 days on 4 June 2012 at 11:12.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 20 May 2012 at 23:47
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 28 May 2012 at 20:16
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 4 June 2012 at 11:12
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 11 June 2012 at 10:41

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 25 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 before apogee

10 days after point of perigee on 6 May 2012 at 03:33 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 19 May 2012 at 16:13 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 400 251 km

Moon is 400 251 km (248 704 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 451 km (252 557 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after its ascending node on 7 May 2012 at 09:43 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 21 May 2012 at 09:21 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

9 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

8 days after previous South standstill on 8 May 2012 at 06:18 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.719°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.709° in the next northern standstill on 22 May 2012 at 11:13 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 4 days

After 4 days on 20 May 2012 at 23:47 in ♉ Taurus, 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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