Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 28 July 2012 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 10 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 26 July 2012 at 08:56.
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 first ∠4° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1890".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2012 after 4 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 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 155 of Meeus index or 1108 from Brown series.
Length of current 155 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 30 minutes. It is 1 hour and 14 minutes longer than next lunation 156 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 14 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 55 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠248.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠283.7°. 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°).
14 days 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 day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 29 July 2012 at 08:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 363 565 km (225 909 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 318 km (228 241 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 10:34 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 11 August 2012 at 00:04 in ♊ Gemini.
At 10:34 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
12 days after previous North standstill on 16 July 2012 at 01:18 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.665°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.592° in the next southern standstill on 29 July 2012 at 12:11 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 4 days on 2 August 2012 at 03:27 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.