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Moon phase on 21 May 2012 Monday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | May 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 ♊ Gemini.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 20 May 2012 at 23:47 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 in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1773" and ∠1895".

Strawberry Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2012 after 13 days on 4 June 2012 at 11:12.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 19 June 2012 at 15:02

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 153 / 1106

At 23:47 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 153 of Meeus index or 1106 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.64 days

29 days, 15 hours and 15 minutes is the length of new lunation 153. It is 1 hour and 53 minutes longer than next lunation 154 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 31 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 32 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠191.8°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠191.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠217.1°. 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

1 day after point of apogee on 19 May 2012 at 16:13 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 3 June 2012 at 13:19 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 404 289 km

Moon is 404 289 km (251 214 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 13 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 483 km (222 751 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♊ Gemini at 09:21 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 3 June 2012 at 20:38 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

14 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 before northern standstill

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