Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 16 April 2012 Monday is Waning Crescent, 25 days old Moon is in Pisces.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | April 2012

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

Waning Crescent 20% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 20% and getting smaller. The 25 days old Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 13 April 2012 at 10:50.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon is entering ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1835"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1835" and ∠1911".

Flower Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2012 after 19 days on 6 May 2012 at 03:35.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 12 May 2012 at 21:47

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 25 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 before perigee

8 days 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 6 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 390 627 km

The Moon is 390 627 km (242 724 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 422 km (252 539 mi).

Moon after ascending node

6 days after ascending node on 10 April 2012 at 00:47 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 7 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 24 April 2012 at 03:44 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after southern standstill

5 days since the previous standstill on 10 April 2012 at 21:03 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-21.814°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠21.738° at the point of next northern standstill on 25 April 2012 at 05:37 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 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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