Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 21 October 2012 Sunday is Waxing Crescent, 7 days young Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | October 2012

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

Waxing Crescent 43% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 43% and growing larger. The Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

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

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 15 October 2012 at 12:02.

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Hunter Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October after 8 days on 29 October 2012 at 19:50.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1942"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.71% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1942" and ∠1928".

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 158 / 1111

Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 158 of Meeus index or 1111 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.42 days

Length of current 158 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 5 minutes. It is 29 minutes shorter than next lunation 159.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 39 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 30 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠334.3°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠334.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠351.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months decreases since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0°or∠360°).

Moon after perigee

4 days after point of perigee on 17 October 2012 at 01:02, lunar orbit gets wider while the Moon moves outward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 11 days until it gets to the point of apogee on 1 November 2012 at 15:30.

Distance to Moon 369 120 km

Moon is 369 120 km (229 361 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous perigee point before 4 days, distance is 360 673 km (224 112 mi). Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 406 050 km (252 308 mi).

Moon after ascending node

3 days after its ascending node on 17 October 2012 at 18:27, the Moon follows the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 31 October 2012 at 10:36.

Draconic month

3 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of current draconic month.

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Moon after southern standstill

2 days after previous South standstill on 19 October 2012 at 06:49, when Moon reaches southern declination of ∠-20.964°, lunar orbit moves northward for the next 11 days to face North declination of ∠20.920° in the next northern standstill on 2 November 2012 at 08:15.

Syzygy in 8 days

After 8 days the Moon is in Full Moon opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy on 29 October 2012 at 19:50.

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