Gibbous ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 9 March 2012 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 8 March 2012 at 09:40.
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 first ∠4° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1954" and ∠1932".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2012 after 28 days on 6 April 2012 at 19:19.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 150 of Meeus index or 1103 from Brown series.
Length of current 150 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 3 minutes. 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 apogee on 27 February 2012 at 14:01 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 10 March 2012 at 10:02 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 366 833 km (227 939 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 362 401 km (225 186 mi).
8 days after its descending node on 29 February 2012 at 22:37 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 13 March 2012 at 20:41 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.
7 days after previous North standstill on 1 March 2012 at 16:13 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.150°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-22.032° in the next southern standstill on 14 March 2012 at 14:09 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 13 days on 22 March 2012 at 14:37 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.