Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 15 July 2012 Sunday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 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 ∠12° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1773" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2012 after 17 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 26 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 13 July 2012 at 16:47 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 29 July 2012 at 08:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 404 268 km (251 200 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 13 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 318 km (228 241 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 14 July 2012 at 20:55 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 July 2012 at 10:34 in ♐ Sagittarius.
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 2 July 2012 at 03:33 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.701°. Next day 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 3 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.