Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 21 May 2012 Monday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1773" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2012 after 13 days on 4 June 2012 at 11:12.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 23:47 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 153 of Meeus index or 1106 from Brown series.
29 days, 15 hours and 15 minutes is the length of new lunation 153. It is 1 hour and 53 minutes longer than next lunation 154 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 31 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 32 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠191.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠217.1°. 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 19 May 2012 at 16:13 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 3 June 2012 at 13:19 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 404 289 km (251 214 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 13 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 483 km (222 751 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♊ Gemini at 09:21 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 3 June 2012 at 20:38 in ♏ Scorpio.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
13 days after previous South standstill on 8 May 2012 at 06:18 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.719°. Next day 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.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.