Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 9 October 2012 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | October 2012

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

Waning Crescent 38% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 38% and getting smaller. The 23 days old Moon is in ♌ Leo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 8 October 2012 at 07:33.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon is entering ♌ Leo

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1815"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1815" and ∠1922".

Hunter Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2012 after 20 days on 29 October 2012 at 19:50.

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 157 / 1110

The Moon is 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 157 of Meeus index or 1110 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.41 days

Length of current 157 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 52 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2012. It is 13 minutes shorter than next lunation 158 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 52 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 17 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠312.9°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠312.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠334.3°. 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 5 October 2012 at 00:43 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 17 October 2012 at 01:02 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 394 867 km

Moon is 394 867 km (245 359 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 673 km (224 112 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after its descending node on 4 October 2012 at 05:15 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 17 October 2012 at 18:27 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon after northern standstill

3 days after previous North standstill on 6 October 2012 at 01:40 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.024°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.964° in the next southern standstill on 19 October 2012 at 06:49 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 6 days

After 6 days on 15 October 2012 at 12:02 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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