2012 Phases of the Moon

NOTE: All times are Universal time (UTC); to convert to local time add or subtract the difference between your time zone and UTC, remembering to include any additional offset due to summer time for dates when it is in effect.

2012 Phases of the moon
New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter
Day Time Solar
Eclipse
Day Time Day Time Lunar
Eclipse
Day Time
      01 January 06:15 09 January 07:30   16 January 09:08
23 January 07:39   31 January 04:10 07 February 21:54   14 February 17:04
22 February 22:35   01 March 01:22 08 March 09:40   15 March 01:25
22 March 14:37   30 March 19:41 06 April 19:19   13 April 10:50
21 April 07:18   29 April 09:58 06 May 03:35   12 May 21:47
20 May 23:47 Annular 28 May 20:16 04 Jun 11:12 Partial
(Umbral)
11 June 10:41
19 June 15:02   27 June 03:30 03 Jul 18:52   11 July 01:48
19 July 04:24   26 July 08:56 02 Aug 03:27   09 August 18:55
17 August 15:54   24 August 13:54 31 Aug 13:58   08 September 13:15
16 September 02:11   22 September 19:41 30 Sep 03:19   08 October 07:33
15 October 12:02   22 October 03:32 29 Oct 19:50   07 November 00:36
13 November 22:08 Total 20 November 14:31 28 Nov 14:46 Penumbral 06 December 15:32
13 December 08:42   20 December 05:19 28 Dec 10:21      
Perigee and Apogee dates and times
Perigee Apogee
Day Time Distance in
kilometresa
Closest
or most
distantb
Intervalc Day Time Distance in
kilometresa
Closest
or most
distantb
Intervalc
  1. For each perigee and apogee the distance in kilometres between the centres of the Earth and Moon is given. Perigee and apogee distances are usually accurate to within a few kilometres compared to values calculated with the definitive ELP 2000-82 theory of the lunar orbit; the maximum error over the years 1977 through 2022 is 12km in perigee distance and 6km at apogee.
  2. The closest perigee and most distant apogee of the year are marked with "++" if closer in time to full Moon or "--" if closer to new Moon. Other close-to-maximum apogees and perigees are flagged with a single character, again indicating the nearer phase. Following the flags is the interval between the moment of perigee or apogee and the closest new or full phase; extrema cluster on the shorter intervals, with a smaller bias toward months surrounding the Earth's perihelion in early January.
  3. "F" indicates the perigee or apogee is closer to full Moon, and "N" that new Moon is closer. The sign indicates whether the perigee or apogee is before ("-") or after ("+") the indicated phase, followed by the interval in days and hours. Scan for plus signs to find "photo opportunities" where the Moon is full close to apogee and perigee.
          02 January 20:20 404579   F-6d11h
17 January 21:29 369882   N-5d10h 30 January 17:43 404324   N+7d10h
11 February 18:33 367919   F+3d20h 27 February 14:03 404862   N+5d15h
10 March 10:03 362399   F+2d 0h 26 March 06:05 405779   N+3d15h
07 Apr 17:00 358313   F+21h 22 April 13:50 406420 - N+1d 6h
06 May 03:34 356953 ++ F-0h 19 May 16:14 406450 -- N-1d 7h
03 June 13:21 358482   F-21h 16 June 01:25 405790   N-3d13h
01 July 18:02 362361   F-2d 0h 13 July 16:48 404782   N-5d11h
29 July 08:31 367317   F-3d18h 10 August 10:53 404124   N-7d 5h
23 August 19:40 369730   N+6d 3h 07 September 06:01 404295   F+6d16h
19 September 02:53 365748   N+3d 0h 05 October 00:44 405161   F+4d21h
17 October 01:03 360672   N+1d13h 01 November 15:31 406049 + F+2d19h
14 November 10:23 357360 - N+12h 28 November 19:36 406364 + F+4h
12 December 23:15 357073 - N-9h 25 December 21:21 406099 + F-2d13h
Earth Seasons 2012
Perihelion Aphelion Equinoxes Solstices
Day Time Day Time Day Time Day Time Day Time Day Time
05 January 01:00 05 July 04:00 20 March 05:14 22 September 14:49 20 June 23:09 21 December 11:12

Topic contact: astro@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013