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Moon phase on 17 August 2012 Friday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | August 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 ♌ Leo.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 17 August 2012 at 15:54 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 ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1863" and ∠1896".

Sturgeon Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2012 after 14 days on 31 August 2012 at 13:58.

Upcoming main Moon phases

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 156 / 1109

At 15:54 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 156 of Meeus index or 1109 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.43 days

29 days, 10 hours and 16 minutes is the length of new lunation 156. It is 24 minutes longer than next lunation 157 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 41 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠283.7°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠283.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠312.9°. 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 perigee

7 days after point of apogee on 10 August 2012 at 10:51 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 23 August 2012 at 19:39 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 384 688 km

Moon is 384 688 km (239 034 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 731 km (229 740 mi).

Moon after descending node

6 days after its descending node on 11 August 2012 at 00:04 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 August 2012 at 11:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

20 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

5 days after previous North standstill on 12 August 2012 at 09:47 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.492°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.379° in the next southern standstill on 25 August 2012 at 18:40 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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