Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 12 February 2016 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 8 February 2016 at 14:39.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1944".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2016 after 10 days on 22 February 2016 at 18:20.
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 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 199 of Meeus index or 1152 from Brown series.
Length of current 199 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 16 minutes. It is 1 hour and 47 minutes longer than next lunation 200 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 28 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 41 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠319.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠339.5°. 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 11 February 2016 at 02:42 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 14 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 27 February 2016 at 03:28 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 363 344 km (225 771 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 14 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 383 km (251 893 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 10 February 2016 at 20:46 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 February 2016 at 06:10 in ♍ Virgo.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 5 February 2016 at 04:34 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.303°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.254° in the next northern standstill on 17 February 2016 at 23:18 in ♊ Gemini.
After 10 days on 22 February 2016 at 18:20 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.