Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 1 July 2012 Sunday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 27 June 2012 at 03:30.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1887".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2012 after 2 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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 154 of Meeus index or 1107 from Brown series.
Length of current 154 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 22 minutes. It is 1 hour and 52 minutes longer than next lunation 155 length.
Length of current synodic month is 38 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 25 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠217.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠248.7°. 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 18:01, this is 15 days after last apogee on 16 June 2012 at 01:24 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 13 July 2012 at 16:47 in ♉ Taurus.
This perigee Moon is 362 363 km (225 162 mi) away from Earth. It is 145 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 7 993 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 05:45 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 14 July 2012 at 20:55 in ♉ Taurus.
At 05:45 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
12 days after previous North standstill on 18 June 2012 at 17:37 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.721°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.701° in the next southern standstill on 2 July 2012 at 03:33 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 days on 3 July 2012 at 18:52 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.