Gibbous ♓ Pisces
Moon phase on 31 August 2012 Friday is Full Moon, 14 days old Moon is in Pisces.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1854" and ∠1901".
The Full Moon this days is the Sturgeon of August 2012.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 14 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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°).
7 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 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 7 September 2012 at 06:00 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 386 614 km (240 231 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 296 km (251 218 mi).
7 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 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 7 September 2012 at 02:08 in ♉ Taurus.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
5 days after previous South standstill on 25 August 2012 at 18:40 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.379°. Next 8 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.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.