Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 18 May 2012 Friday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 12 May 2012 at 21:47.
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 passing first ∠1° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1896".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2012 after 16 days on 4 June 2012 at 11:12.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
12 days after point of perigee on 6 May 2012 at 03:33 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 19 May 2012 at 16:13 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 404 609 km (251 412 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 451 km (252 557 mi).
11 days after its ascending node on 7 May 2012 at 09:43 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 21 May 2012 at 09:21 in ♊ Gemini.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous South standstill on 8 May 2012 at 06:18 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.719°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.709° in the next northern standstill on 22 May 2012 at 11:13 in ♊ Gemini.
After 2 days on 20 May 2012 at 23:47 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.