Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 22 April 2012 Sunday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 21 April 2012 at 07:18.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1908".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2012 after 13 days on 6 May 2012 at 03:35.
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 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 152 of Meeus index or 1105 from Brown series.
Length of current 152 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 29 minutes. It is 1 hour and 14 minutes longer than next lunation 153 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 18 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠168.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠191.8°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 13:49, this is 14 days after last perigee on 7 April 2012 at 16:59 in ♎ Libra. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 6 May 2012 at 03:33 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 406 422 km (252 539 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 014 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 287 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
12 days after its ascending node on 10 April 2012 at 00:47 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 April 2012 at 03:44 in ♊ Gemini.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 10 April 2012 at 21:03 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.814°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.738° in the next northern standstill on 25 April 2012 at 05:37 in ♊ Gemini.
After 13 days on 6 May 2012 at 03:35 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.