Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 12 January 2017 Thursday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1928" and ∠1951".
The Full Moon this days is the Wolf of January 2017.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 210 of Meeus index or 1163 from Brown series.
Length of current 210 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 14 minutes. It is 2 hours and 23 minutes longer than next lunation 211 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 30 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 33 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠223.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠259.5°. 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°).
2 days after point of perigee on 10 January 2017 at 06:07 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 22 January 2017 at 00:14 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 371 821 km (231 039 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 913 km (251 601 mi).
9 days after its descending node on 2 January 2017 at 18:14 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 15 January 2017 at 10:45 in ♍ Virgo.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 11 January 2017 at 09:32 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.932°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.900° in the next southern standstill on 25 January 2017 at 11:59 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.