Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 23 February 2013 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2013 | February 2013

Waxing Gibbous phase
Waxing Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Gibbous 94% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 94% and growing larger. The Moon is in ♌ Leo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

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.

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 17 February 2013 at 20:31.

Moon in ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Snow Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February after 2 days on 25 February 2013 at 20:26.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1803"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.28% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1803" and ∠1939".

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 162 / 1115

Moon is 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 162 of Meeus index or 1115 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.52 days

Length of current 162 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 31 minutes. It is 1 hour and 13 minutes shorter than next lunation 163.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 13 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 56 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠44.2°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠44.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠73.6°. The length of upcoming synodic months increases since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon after apogee

4 days after point of apogee on 19 February 2013 at 06:30, lunar orbit gets closer while the Moon moves inward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 10 days until it gets to the point of perigee on 5 March 2013 at 23:20.

Distance to Moon 397 622 km

Moon is 397 622 km (247 071 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous apogee point before 4 days, distance is 404 475 km (251 329 mi). Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 369 954 km (229 879 mi).

Moon after descending node

6 days after its descending node on 17 February 2013 at 02:57, the Moon follows the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 3 March 2013 at 02:30.

Draconic month

19 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of current draconic month.

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Moon after northern standstill

3 days after previous North standstill on 19 February 2013 at 13:35, when Moon reaches northern declination of ∠20.583°, lunar orbit moves southward for the next 9 days to face South declination of ∠-20.453° in the next southern standstill on 5 March 2013 at 06:41.

Syzygy in 2 days

After 2 days the Moon is in Full Moon opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy on 25 February 2013 at 20:26.

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