Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 6 May 2012 Sunday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Scorpio.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.
Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1901".
The Full Moon this days is the Flower of May 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 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 perigee on this date at 03:33, this is 13 days after last apogee on 22 April 2012 at 13:49 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 19 May 2012 at 16:13 in ♉ Taurus.
This perigee Moon is 356 954 km (221 801 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest perigee of 2012. It is 5 554 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 529 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
12 days after its descending node on 24 April 2012 at 03:44 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 7 May 2012 at 09:43 in ♐ Sagittarius.
26 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 25 April 2012 at 05:37 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.738°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.719° in the next southern standstill on 8 May 2012 at 06:18 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.