Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 29 July 2012 Sunday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 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 about ∠18° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1890".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2012 after 3 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 11 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 08:30, this is 15 days after last apogee on 13 July 2012 at 16:47 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 10 August 2012 at 10:51 in ♉ Taurus.
This perigee Moon is 367 318 km (228 241 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 810 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 3 038 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after its ascending node on 28 July 2012 at 10:34 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 11 August 2012 at 00:04 in ♊ Gemini.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 12:11 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-21.592°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠21.492° in its northern standstill point on 12 August 2012 at 09:47 in ♊ Gemini.
After 3 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.