Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 12 February 2014 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 6 February 2014 at 19:22.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1943".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2014 after 2 days on 14 February 2014 at 23:53.
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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 174 of Meeus index or 1127 from Brown series.
Length of current 174 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 21 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2014. It is 24 minutes shorter than next lunation 175 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 23 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 46 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠8.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠25.1°. 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 apogee on this date at 05:09, this is 12 days after last perigee on 30 January 2014 at 09:58 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 27 February 2014 at 19:52 in ♒ Aquarius.
This apogee Moon is 406 232 km (252 421 mi) away from Earth. It is 824 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 477 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
6 days after its descending node on 5 February 2014 at 12:41 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 20 February 2014 at 03:28 in ♎ Libra.
19 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 9 February 2014 at 15:21 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.306°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.175° in the next southern standstill on 24 February 2014 at 01:24 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 days on 14 February 2014 at 23:53 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.