Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 17 July 2012 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | July 2012

Waning Crescent phase
Waning Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Crescent 3% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 3% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 11 July 2012 at 01:48.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1795"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1795" and ∠1888".

Sturgeon Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2012 after 15 days on 2 August 2012 at 03:27.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Cancer ♋ on 19 July 2012 at 04:24
  • First Quarter in Scorpio ♏ on 26 July 2012 at 08:56
  • Full Moon in Aquarius ♒ on 2 August 2012 at 03:27
  • Last Quarter in Taurus ♉ on 9 August 2012 at 18:55

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Lunation 154 / 1107

The Moon is 27 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.

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Synodic month length 29.56 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 22 minutes. It is 1 hour and 52 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 38 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 25 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠217.1°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠217.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠248.7°.

Moon after apogee

3 days after point of apogee on 13 July 2012 at 16:47 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 29 July 2012 at 08:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 399 421 km

The Moon is 399 421 km (248 189 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 318 km (228 241 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 14 July 2012 at 20:55 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 28 July 2012 at 10:34 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

16 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the previous standstill on 16 July 2012 at 01:18 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠21.665°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-21.592° at the point of next southern standstill on 29 July 2012 at 12:11 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 19 July 2012 at 04:24 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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