Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 3 February 2012 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 10 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 31 January 2012 at 04:10.
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 ∠21° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1798" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2012 after 4 days on 7 February 2012 at 21:54.
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 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 149 of Meeus index or 1102 from Brown series.
Length of current 149 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 55 minutes. It is 1 hour and 8 minutes shorter than next lunation 150 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 11 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 52 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠70.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠107.8°. 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 30 January 2012 at 17:42 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 11 February 2012 at 18:32 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 398 573 km (247 662 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 920 km (228 615 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 2 February 2012 at 20:02 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 15 February 2012 at 20:16 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 07:11 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠22.404°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-22.299° in its southern standstill point on 16 February 2012 at 08:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 4 days on 7 February 2012 at 21:54 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.