Crescent ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 6 December 2012 Thursday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 6 December 2012 at 15:32 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1877" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2012 after 21 days on 28 December 2012 at 10:21.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 159 of Meeus index or 1112 from Brown series.
Length of current 159 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes. It is 28 minutes shorter than next lunation 160 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 59 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠351.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠6.8°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
7 days after point of apogee on 28 November 2012 at 19:35 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 12 December 2012 at 23:14 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 381 889 km (237 295 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 074 km (221 875 mi).
8 days after its descending node on 27 November 2012 at 17:05 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 11 December 2012 at 15:57 in ♏ Scorpio.
22 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 29 November 2012 at 14:33 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.924°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.926° in the next southern standstill on 13 December 2012 at 03:48 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 13 December 2012 at 08:42 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.