Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 16 June 2012 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 11 June 2012 at 10:41.
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 about ∠21° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1889".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2012 after 17 days on 3 July 2012 at 18:52.
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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 153 of Meeus index or 1106 from Brown series.
Length of current 153 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 15 minutes. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 01:24, this is 12 days after last perigee on 3 June 2012 at 13:19 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 1 July 2012 at 18:01 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This apogee Moon is 405 791 km (252 147 mi) away from Earth. It is 383 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 918 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
12 days after its ascending node on 3 June 2012 at 20:38 in ♏ Scorpio, 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 17 June 2012 at 15:43 in ♉ Taurus.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 4 June 2012 at 17:05 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.714°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.721° in the next northern standstill on 18 June 2012 at 17:37 in ♊ Gemini.
After 3 days on 19 June 2012 at 15:02 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.