Gibbous ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 11 February 2012 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 7 February 2012 at 21:54.
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 ∠10° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1961" and ∠1944".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2012 after 25 days on 8 March 2012 at 09:40.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 18:32, this is 12 days after last apogee on 30 January 2012 at 17:42 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 16 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 27 February 2012 at 14:01 in ♉ Taurus.
This perigee Moon is 367 920 km (228 615 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 412 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 2 436 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
8 days 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 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 15 February 2012 at 20:16 in ♐ Sagittarius.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous North standstill on 3 February 2012 at 07:11 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.404°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-22.299° in the next southern standstill on 16 February 2012 at 08:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 10 days on 21 February 2012 at 22:35 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.