Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 11 December 2012 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | December 2012

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

Waning Crescent 5% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 5% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 6 December 2012 at 15:32.

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 in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1969"

Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1949".

Cold Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2012 after 16 days on 28 December 2012 at 10:21.

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 159 / 1112

The Moon is 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 159 of Meeus index or 1112 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.44 days

Length of current 159 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes. It is 28 minutes shorter than next lunation 160 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 59 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠351.3°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠351.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠6.8°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon before perigee

12 days after point of apogee on 28 November 2012 at 19:35 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 12 December 2012 at 23:14 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 364 013 km

Moon is 364 013 km (226 187 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 074 km (221 875 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♏ Scorpio at 15:57 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 24 December 2012 at 22:27 in ♉ Taurus.

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New draconic month

At 15:57 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon before southern standstill

11 days after previous North standstill on 29 November 2012 at 14:33 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.924°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.926° in the next southern standstill on 13 December 2012 at 03:48 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 1 day

After 1 day on 13 December 2012 at 08:42 in ♐ Sagittarius, 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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