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Moon phase on 12 October 2011 Wednesday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1923".
The Full Moon this days is the Hunter of October 2011.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 145 of Meeus index or 1098 from Brown series.
Length of current 145 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 47 minutes. It is 1 hour and 27 minutes shorter than next lunation 146 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 57 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 12 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠350.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠5.3°. 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 is reaching point of apogee on this date at 11:43, this is 14 days after last perigee on 28 September 2011 at 01:01 in ♎ Libra. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 26 October 2011 at 12:26 in ♎ Libra.
This apogee Moon is 406 435 km (252 547 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 027 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 274 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
10 days after its ascending node on 2 October 2011 at 09:09 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 16 October 2011 at 21:01 in ♊ Gemini.
10 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous South standstill on 2 October 2011 at 11:38 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-22.791°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠22.665° in the next northern standstill on 17 October 2011 at 02:06 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.