Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 20 September 2012 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 16 September 2012 at 02:11.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2012 after 9 days on 30 September 2012 at 03:19.
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 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 157 of Meeus index or 1110 from Brown series.
Length of current 157 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 52 minutes. 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 19 September 2012 at 02:52 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 14 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 5 October 2012 at 00:43 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 363 340 km (225 769 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 14 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 162 km (251 756 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♏ Scorpio at 12:54 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 4 October 2012 at 05:15 in ♉ Taurus.
At 12:54 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
11 days after previous North standstill on 8 September 2012 at 18:10 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.244°. Next day 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.
After 9 days on 30 September 2012 at 03:19 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.