Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 15 February 2012 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 14 February 2012 at 17:04.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1960" and ∠1943".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2012 after 21 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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 perigee on 11 February 2012 at 18:32 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 27 February 2012 at 14:01 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 365 760 km (227 273 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 864 km (251 571 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 20:16 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 29 February 2012 at 22:37 in ♊ Gemini.
At 20:16 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
12 days after previous North standstill on 3 February 2012 at 07:11 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.404°. Next day 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 6 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.