Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 23 August 2012 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 6 days young Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | August 2012

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

Waxing Crescent 38% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 38% and growing larger. The 6 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 17 August 2012 at 15:54.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1971"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1898".

Sturgeon Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2012 after 8 days on 31 August 2012 at 13:58.

Upcoming main Moon phases

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 156 / 1109

The Moon is 6 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 156 of Meeus index or 1109 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.43 days

Length of current 156 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 16 minutes. 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 in perigee

Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 19:39, this is 13 days after last apogee on 10 August 2012 at 10:51 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 7 September 2012 at 06:00 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 369 731 km

This perigee Moon is 369 731 km (229 740 mi) away from Earth. It is 7 223 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 625 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

12 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 day, 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

26 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 southern standstill

11 days after previous North standstill on 12 August 2012 at 09:47 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.492°. Next 2 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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Syzygy in 8 days

After 8 days on 31 August 2012 at 13:58 in ♓ Pisces, 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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