Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 1 July 2012 Sunday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | July 2012

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

Waxing Gibbous 93% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 93% and growing larger. The 12 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 27 June 2012 at 03:30.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1968"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1887".

Buck Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2012 after 2 days on 3 July 2012 at 18:52.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Capricorn ♑ on 3 July 2012 at 18:52
  • Last Quarter in Aries ♈ on 11 July 2012 at 01:48
  • New Moon in Cancer ♋ on 19 July 2012 at 04:24
  • First Quarter in Scorpio ♏ on 26 July 2012 at 08:56

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 154 / 1107

The Moon is 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 154 of Meeus index or 1107 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.56 days

Length of current 154 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 22 minutes. It is 1 hour and 52 minutes longer than next lunation 155 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 38 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 25 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠217.1°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠217.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠248.7°. 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 perigee

Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 18:01, this is 15 days after last apogee on 16 June 2012 at 01:24 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 13 July 2012 at 16:47 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 362 363 km

This perigee Moon is 362 363 km (225 162 mi) away from Earth. It is 145 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 7 993 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 05:45 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 14 July 2012 at 20:55 in ♉ Taurus.

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New draconic month

At 05:45 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon before southern standstill

12 days after previous North standstill on 18 June 2012 at 17:37 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.721°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.701° in the next southern standstill on 2 July 2012 at 03:33 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 2 days

After 2 days on 3 July 2012 at 18:52 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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