Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 4 October 2012 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 30 September 2012 at 03:19.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1919".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2012 after 25 days on 29 October 2012 at 19:50.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
15 days 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 day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 5 October 2012 at 00:43 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 405 481 km (251 954 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 162 km (251 756 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♉ Taurus at 05:15 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 17 October 2012 at 18:27 in ♏ Scorpio.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous South standstill on 22 September 2012 at 00:11 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.135°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.024° in the next northern standstill on 6 October 2012 at 01:40 in ♊ Gemini.
After 11 days on 15 October 2012 at 12:02 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.