Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 7 April 2012 Saturday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1916".
The Full Moon this days is the Pink of April 2012.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 16:59, this is 12 days after last apogee on 26 March 2012 at 06:04 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 22 April 2012 at 13:49 in ♉ Taurus.
This perigee Moon is 358 314 km (222 646 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 194 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 042 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
10 days after its descending node on 28 March 2012 at 00:19 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 10 April 2012 at 00:47 in ♐ Sagittarius.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 28 March 2012 at 23:40 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.890°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.814° in the next southern standstill on 10 April 2012 at 21:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.