Crescent ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 22 March 2012 Thursday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Aries.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 first ∠1° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1791" and ∠1925".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2012 after 15 days on 6 April 2012 at 19:19.
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 14:37 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 151 of Meeus index or 1104 from Brown series.
29 days, 16 hours and 41 minutes is the length of new lunation 151. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2012. It is 12 minutes longer than next lunation 152 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 57 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 6 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠142.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠168.7°. 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°).
12 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 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 March 2012 at 06:04 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 400 123 km (248 625 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 780 km (252 140 mi).
8 days 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 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 28 March 2012 at 00:19 in ♊ Gemini.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 14 March 2012 at 14:09 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-22.032°. Next 6 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.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.