Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 24 March 2012 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 22 March 2012 at 14:37.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1772" and ∠1924".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2012 after 13 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 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 151 of Meeus index or 1104 from Brown series.
Length of current 151 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 41 minutes. 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°).
14 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 day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 March 2012 at 06:04 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 404 548 km (251 374 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 780 km (252 140 mi).
10 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 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 28 March 2012 at 00:19 in ♊ Gemini.
10 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 14 March 2012 at 14:09 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-22.032°. Next 4 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 13 days on 6 April 2012 at 19:19 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.