Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 9 April 2012 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | April 2012

Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 89% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 89% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 6 April 2012 at 19:19.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♐ Sagittarius later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1970"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1915".

Pink Moon before 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2012 after 26 days on 6 May 2012 at 03:35.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 13 April 2012 at 10:50
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 21 April 2012 at 07:18
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 29 April 2012 at 09:58
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 6 May 2012 at 03:35

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 151 / 1104

The Moon is 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 151 of Meeus index or 1104 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.7 days

The length of the 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 the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 57 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 6 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠142.2°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠142.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠168.7°.

Moon after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 7 April 2012 at 16:59 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 22 April 2012 at 13:49 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 363 873 km

The Moon is 363 873 km (226 100 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 13 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 422 km (252 539 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after descending node on 28 March 2012 at 00:19 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 10 April 2012 at 00:47 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

26 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the previous standstill on 28 March 2012 at 23:40 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠21.890°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-21.814° at the point of next southern standstill on 10 April 2012 at 21:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 11 days

In 11 days on 21 April 2012 at 07:18 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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