Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 19 May 2012 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Taurus.

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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 2% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 2% and getting smaller. The 28 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1896".

Strawberry Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2012 after 15 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

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 152 / 1105

The Moon is 28 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 in apogee

Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 16:13, this is 13 days after last perigee on 6 May 2012 at 03:33 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 3 June 2012 at 13:19 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 406 451 km

This apogee Moon is 406 451 km (252 557 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest apogee of 2012. It is 1 043 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 258 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

12 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 day, 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

12 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

11 days after previous South standstill on 8 May 2012 at 06:18 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.719°. Next 2 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 1 day

After 1 day 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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