Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 6 January 2012 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 1 January 2012 at 06:15.
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 ∠13° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1793" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2012 after 2 days on 9 January 2012 at 07:30.
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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 148 of Meeus index or 1101 from Brown series.
Length of current 148 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 33 minutes. It is 1 hour and 22 minutes shorter than next lunation 149 length.
Length of current synodic month is 49 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 14 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠42.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠70.8°. 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°).
3 days after point of apogee on 2 January 2012 at 20:19 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 17 January 2012 at 21:28 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 399 837 km (248 447 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 883 km (229 835 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♊ Gemini at 14:30 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 19 January 2012 at 18:26 in ♐ Sagittarius.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 21:46 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠22.539°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2012. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-22.492° in its southern standstill point on 20 January 2012 at 02:12 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 days on 9 January 2012 at 07:30 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.