Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 16 October 2012 Tuesday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 15 October 2012 at 12:02.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1962" and ∠1925".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2012 after 13 days on 29 October 2012 at 19:50.
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.
The Moon is 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 158 of Meeus index or 1111 from Brown series.
Length of current 158 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 5 minutes. It is 29 minutes shorter than next lunation 159 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 39 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 30 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠334.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠351.3°. 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°).
11 days after point of apogee on 5 October 2012 at 00:43 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 17 October 2012 at 01:02 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 365 272 km (226 969 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 673 km (224 112 mi).
12 days after its descending node on 4 October 2012 at 05:15 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 17 October 2012 at 18:27 in ♏ Scorpio.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 6 October 2012 at 01:40 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.024°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.964° in the next southern standstill on 19 October 2012 at 06:49 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 13 days on 29 October 2012 at 19:50 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.