Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 24 February 2012 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | February 2012

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 6% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 6% and growing larger. The 2 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 21 February 2012 at 22:35.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1785"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1785" and ∠1939".

Worm Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2012 after 12 days on 8 March 2012 at 09:40.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Gemini ♊ on 1 March 2012 at 01:22
  • Full Moon in Virgo ♍ on 8 March 2012 at 09:40
  • Last Quarter in Sagittarius ♐ on 15 March 2012 at 01:25
  • New Moon in Pisces ♓ on 22 March 2012 at 14:37

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 150 / 1103

The Moon is 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 150 of Meeus index or 1103 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.67 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 3 minutes. It is 38 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 44 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠107.8°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠107.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠142.2°.

Moon before perigee

12 days after point of perigee on 11 February 2012 at 18:32 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 27 February 2012 at 14:01 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 401 616 km

The Moon is 401 616 km (249 553 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 864 km (251 571 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 15 February 2012 at 20:16 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 29 February 2012 at 22:37 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

8 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

8 days since the previous standstill on 16 February 2012 at 08:36 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-22.299°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠22.150° at the point of next northern standstill on 1 March 2012 at 16:13 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 8 March 2012 at 09:40 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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