Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 23 October 2012 Tuesday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Aquarius.

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Moon phase details for

Lunar calendar 2012 | October 2012

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

Waxing Gibbous 65% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 65% and growing larger.

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Moon phase and lunation

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

1 day after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 22 October 2012 at 03:32.

Hunter Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October after 6 days on 29 October 2012 at 19:50.

Moon in Aquarius

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

Upcoming Moon phases

Apparent angular diameter ∠1900"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.53% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1900" and ∠1929".

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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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

6 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 9 days until it gets to the point of apogee on 1 November 2012 at 15:30.

Distance to Moon 377 292 km

Moon is 377 292 km (234 438 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous perigee point before 6 days, distance is 360 673 km (224 112 mi). Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 406 050 km (252 308 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after its ascending node on 17 October 2012 at 18:27, the Moon follows the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 31 October 2012 at 10:36.

Draconic month

5 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

4 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 9 days to face North declination of ∠20.920° in the next northern standstill on 2 November 2012 at 08:15.

Syzygy in 6 days

After 6 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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