Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 12 January 2020 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 10 January 2020 at 19:21.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1944" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2020 after 27 days on 9 February 2020 at 07:33.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 247 of Meeus index or 1200 from Brown series.
Length of current 247 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 29 minutes. It is 1 hour and 21 minutes shorter than next lunation 248 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 18 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠82.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠120.5°. 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°).
10 days after point of apogee on 2 January 2020 at 01:30 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 13 January 2020 at 20:20 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 368 787 km (229 154 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 365 964 km (227 399 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 9 January 2020 at 23:29 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 22 January 2020 at 20:31 in ♑ Capricorn.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 10 January 2020 at 06:03 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.223°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.225° in the next southern standstill on 23 January 2020 at 03:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 12 days on 24 January 2020 at 21:42 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.