Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 12 June 2011 Sunday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 9 June 2011 at 02:11.
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.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1961" and ∠1889".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2011 after 3 days on 15 June 2011 at 20:13.
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.
The Moon is 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 141 of Meeus index or 1094 from Brown series.
Length of current 141 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 51 minutes. It is 2 hours and 5 minutes longer than next lunation 142 length.
Length of current synodic month is 53 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 16 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠248.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠283.1°. 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 is reaching point of perigee on this date at 01:42, this is 15 days after last apogee on 27 May 2011 at 09:58 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 24 June 2011 at 04:13 in ♈ Aries.
This perigee Moon is 367 188 km (228 160 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 680 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 3 168 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
9 days after its descending node on 2 June 2011 at 20:21 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 15 June 2011 at 18:35 in ♐ Sagittarius.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 2 June 2011 at 09:54 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.393°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.399° in the next southern standstill on 15 June 2011 at 08:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 3 days on 15 June 2011 at 20:13 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.