Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 28 September 2012 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Pisces.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | September 2012

Waxing Gibbous phase
Waxing Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Gibbous 97% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 97% and growing larger. The 13 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 22 September 2012 at 19:41.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1843"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1843" and ∠1915".

Harvest Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2012 after 1 day on 30 September 2012 at 03:19.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Lunation 157 / 1110

The Moon is 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 157 of Meeus index or 1110 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.41 days

The length of the 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 the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 52 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 17 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠312.9°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠312.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠334.3°.

Moon before perigee

9 days after point of perigee on 19 September 2012 at 02:52 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 5 October 2012 at 00:43 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 388 959 km

The Moon is 388 959 km (241 688 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 162 km (251 756 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after ascending node on 20 September 2012 at 12:54 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 4 October 2012 at 05:15 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

7 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon after southern standstill

6 days since the previous standstill on 22 September 2012 at 00:11 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-21.135°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠21.024° at the point of next northern standstill on 6 October 2012 at 01:40 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 30 September 2012 at 03:19 in ♈ Aries the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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