Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 13 July 2012 Friday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 11 July 2012 at 01:48.
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 ∠18° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2012 after 19 days on 2 August 2012 at 03:27.
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 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 apogee on this date at 16:47, this is 11 days after last perigee on 1 July 2012 at 18:01 in ♐ Sagittarius. 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 29 July 2012 at 08:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This apogee Moon is 404 783 km (251 520 mi) away from Earth. It is 625 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 926 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
12 days after its ascending node on 1 July 2012 at 05:45 in ♐ Sagittarius, 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 14 July 2012 at 20:55 in ♉ Taurus.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 2 July 2012 at 03:33 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.701°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.665° in the next northern standstill on 16 July 2012 at 01:18 in ♊ Gemini.
After 5 days on 19 July 2012 at 04:24 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.