Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 12 May 2014 Monday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 7 May 2014 at 03:15.
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.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1844" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2014 after 2 days on 14 May 2014 at 19:16.
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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 177 of Meeus index or 1130 from Brown series.
Length of current 177 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 26 minutes. It is 1 hour and 2 minutes shorter than next lunation 178 length.
Length of current synodic month is 18 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 51 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠76.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠112.5°. 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°).
6 days after point of apogee on 6 May 2014 at 10:22 in ♌ Leo. 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 18 May 2014 at 11:58 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 388 693 km (241 523 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 099 km (228 105 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♎ Libra at 22:06 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 25 May 2014 at 17:56 in ♈ Aries.
At 22:06 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
9 days after previous North standstill on 2 May 2014 at 15:59 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.961°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.992° in the next southern standstill on 16 May 2014 at 20:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 days on 14 May 2014 at 19:16 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.