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Moon phase on 3 April 2013 Wednesday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2013 | April 2013

Last Quarter phase
Last Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Last Quarter 46% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 46% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 3 April 2013 at 04:37 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1963"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1919".

Pink Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2013 after 22 days on 25 April 2013 at 19:57.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 10 April 2013 at 09:35
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 18 April 2013 at 12:31
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 25 April 2013 at 19:57
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 2 May 2013 at 11:14

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 163 / 1116

The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last 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 length.

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 New Moon true anomaly is ∠73.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠110.3°. 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°).

Moon after perigee

3 days after point of perigee on 31 March 2013 at 03:55 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 15 April 2013 at 22:21 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 365 059 km

Moon is 365 059 km (226 837 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 865 km (251 571 mi).

Moon after ascending node

4 days after its ascending node on 30 March 2013 at 05:55 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 12 April 2013 at 12:12 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon after southern standstill

1 day after previous South standstill on 1 April 2013 at 12:03 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.250°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.189° in the next northern standstill on 15 April 2013 at 05:29 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 6 days

After 6 days on 10 April 2013 at 09:35 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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