Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 12 August 2016 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 10 August 2016 at 18:21.
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 ∠9° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1782" and ∠1894".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2016 after 5 days on 18 August 2016 at 09:27.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 205 of Meeus index or 1158 from Brown series.
Length of current 205 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 19 minutes. It is 2 hours and 49 minutes shorter than next lunation 206 length.
Length of current synodic month is 25 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 44 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠77.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠112.8°. 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 10 August 2016 at 00:05 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 22 August 2016 at 01:20 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 402 286 km (249 969 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 047 km (228 072 mi).
7 days after its ascending node on 5 August 2016 at 07:48 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 19 August 2016 at 14:14 in ♓ Pisces.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 31 July 2016 at 04:53 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.529°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.481° in the next southern standstill on 14 August 2016 at 13:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 5 days on 18 August 2016 at 09:27 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.