Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 16 March 2013 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Moon phase details for

Lunar calendar 2013 | March 2013

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

Waxing Crescent 21% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 21% and growing larger.

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Moon phase and lunation

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 11 March 2013 at 19:51.

Worm Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March after 10 days on 27 March 2013 at 09:27.

Moon in Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠20° of Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Upcoming Moon phases

Apparent angular diameter ∠1782"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1782" and ∠1928".

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 163 / 1116

Moon is 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 163 of Meeus index or 1116 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.57 days

Length of current 163 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 44 minutes. It is 1 hour and 9 minutes shorter than next lunation 164.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 3 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠73.6°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠73.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠110.3°. 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 before apogee

10 days after point of perigee on 5 March 2013 at 23:20, lunar orbit gets wider while the Moon moves outward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 2 days until it gets to the point of apogee on 19 March 2013 at 03:13.

Distance to Moon 402 278 km

Moon is 402 278 km (249 964 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous perigee point before 10 days, distance is 369 954 km (229 879 mi). Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 404 262 km (251 197 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node at 06:15 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon follows the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 30 March 2013 at 05:55.

Draconic month

13 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving through the middle part of current draconic month.

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Moon before northern standstill

11 days after previous South standstill on 5 March 2013 at 06:41, when Moon reaches southern declination of ∠-20.453°, lunar orbit moves northward for the next 2 days to face North declination of ∠20.335° in the next northern standstill on 18 March 2013 at 21:50.

Syzygy in 10 days

After 10 days the Moon is in Full Moon opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy on 27 March 2013 at 09:27.

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