Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 12 April 2001 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 19 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 8 April 2001 at 03:22.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1817" and ∠1914".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2001 after 25 days on 7 May 2001 at 13:53.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 15 of Meeus index or 968 from Brown series.
Length of current 15 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 5 minutes. It is 2 hours and 45 minutes longer than next lunation 16 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 21 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 42 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠232.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠267.3°. 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°).
7 days after point of perigee on 5 April 2001 at 10:04 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 17 April 2001 at 06:06 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 394 409 km (245 074 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 501 km (251 345 mi).
11 days after its ascending node on 1 April 2001 at 09:01 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 14 April 2001 at 06:52 in ♑ Capricorn.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 1 April 2001 at 10:45 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.007°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.123° in the next southern standstill on 14 April 2001 at 11:36 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 11 days on 23 April 2001 at 15:26 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.