Crescent ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 16 September 2012 Sunday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1920" and ∠1909".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2012 after 13 days on 30 September 2012 at 03:19.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 02:11 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 157 of Meeus index or 1110 from Brown series.
29 days, 9 hours and 52 minutes is the length of new lunation 157. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2012. It is 13 minutes shorter than next lunation 158 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 52 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 17 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠312.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠334.3°. 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°).
9 days after point of apogee on 7 September 2012 at 06:00 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 September 2012 at 02:52 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 373 235 km (231 917 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 365 749 km (227 266 mi).
9 days after its descending node on 7 September 2012 at 02:08 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 20 September 2012 at 12:54 in ♏ Scorpio.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
7 days after previous North standstill on 8 September 2012 at 18:10 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.244°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.135° in the next southern standstill on 22 September 2012 at 00:11 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.