Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 15 March 2012 Thursday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 45% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 15 March 2012 at 01:25 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1936" and ∠1929".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2012 after 22 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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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°).
5 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 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 March 2012 at 06:04 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 370 320 km (230 106 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 780 km (252 140 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 13 March 2012 at 20:41 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 28 March 2012 at 00:19 in ♊ Gemini.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 14 March 2012 at 14:09 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-22.032°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.890° in the next northern standstill on 28 March 2012 at 23:40 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 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.