Moon* ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 12 December 2012 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 6 December 2012 at 15:32.
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 about ∠9° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2012 after 15 days on 28 December 2012 at 10:21.
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 28 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 23:14, this is 14 days after last apogee on 28 November 2012 at 19:35 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 25 December 2012 at 21:19 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 357 074 km (221 875 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 434 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 13 282 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after its ascending node on 11 December 2012 at 15:57 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 December 2012 at 22:27 in ♉ Taurus.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 29 November 2012 at 14:33 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.924°. Next day 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 1 day 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.