Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 17 October 2012 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days 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 ∠22° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1926".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2012 after 12 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 2 days 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 01:02, this is 12 days after last apogee on 5 October 2012 at 00:43 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 1 November 2012 at 15:30 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 360 673 km (224 112 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 835 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 9 683 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♏ Scorpio at 18:27 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 31 October 2012 at 10:36 in ♉ Taurus.
At 18:27 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
11 days after previous North standstill on 6 October 2012 at 01:40 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.024°. Next day 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 12 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.