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Moon phase on 18 July 2012 Wednesday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | July 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 1 day young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 19 July 2012 at 04:24 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1811" and ∠1888".

Sturgeon Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2012 after 14 days on 2 August 2012 at 03:27.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Cancer ♋ on 19 July 2012 at 04:24
  • First Quarter in Scorpio ♏ on 26 July 2012 at 08:56
  • Full Moon in Aquarius ♒ on 2 August 2012 at 03:27
  • Last Quarter in Taurus ♉ on 9 August 2012 at 18:55

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 154 / 1107

At 15:02 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 154 of Meeus index or 1107 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.56 days

29 days, 13 hours and 22 minutes is the length of new lunation 154. 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 after apogee

4 days after point of apogee on 13 July 2012 at 16:47 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 29 July 2012 at 08:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 395 829 km

Moon is 395 829 km (245 957 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 318 km (228 241 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days after its descending node on 14 July 2012 at 20:55 in ♉ Taurus, 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 28 July 2012 at 10:34 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 16 July 2012 at 01:18 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.665°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.592° in the next southern standstill on 29 July 2012 at 12:11 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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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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