Crescent ♓ Pisces
Moon phase on 22 February 2012 Wednesday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Pisces.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1816" and ∠1940".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2012 after 14 days on 8 March 2012 at 09:40.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 22:35 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 150 of Meeus index or 1103 from Brown series.
29 days, 16 hours and 3 minutes is the length of new lunation 150. It is 38 minutes shorter than next lunation 151 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 44 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠107.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠142.2°. 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°).
10 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 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 27 February 2012 at 14:01 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 394 804 km (245 320 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 864 km (251 571 mi).
6 days after its ascending node on 15 February 2012 at 20:16 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 29 February 2012 at 22:37 in ♊ Gemini.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
6 days after previous South standstill on 16 February 2012 at 08:36 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-22.299°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠22.150° in the next northern standstill on 1 March 2012 at 16:13 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.