Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 26 August 2012 Sunday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 24 August 2012 at 13:54.
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.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1958" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2012 after 5 days on 31 August 2012 at 13:58.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 156 of Meeus index or 1109 from Brown series.
Length of current 156 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 16 minutes. It is 24 minutes longer than next lunation 157 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 41 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠283.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠312.9°. 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°).
2 days after point of perigee on 23 August 2012 at 19:39 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 7 September 2012 at 06:00 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 366 077 km (227 470 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 296 km (251 218 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 24 August 2012 at 11:38 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 7 September 2012 at 02:08 in ♉ Taurus.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 25 August 2012 at 18:40 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.379°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.244° in the next northern standstill on 8 September 2012 at 18:10 in ♊ Gemini.
After 5 days on 31 August 2012 at 13:58 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.