Quarter ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 13 March 2012 Tuesday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days 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 ∠3° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1930".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2012 after 24 days on 6 April 2012 at 19:19.
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 20 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°).
3 days after point of perigee on 10 March 2012 at 10:02 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 26 March 2012 at 06:04 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 364 721 km (226 627 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 780 km (252 140 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 20:41 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 28 March 2012 at 00:19 in ♊ Gemini.
At 20:41 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
11 days after previous North standstill on 1 March 2012 at 16:13 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.150°. Next day 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 9 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.