Crescent ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 8 November 2012 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 7 November 2012 at 00:36.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1867" and ∠1937".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2012 after 20 days on 28 November 2012 at 14:46.
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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
6 days after point of apogee on 1 November 2012 at 15:30 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 14 November 2012 at 10:21 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 383 837 km (238 505 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 361 km (222 054 mi).
8 days after its descending node on 31 October 2012 at 10:36 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 14 November 2012 at 04:37 in ♏ Scorpio.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 2 November 2012 at 08:15 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.920°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.914° in the next southern standstill on 15 November 2012 at 16:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 5 days on 13 November 2012 at 22:08 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.