Last Quarter on

Moon phase on 2 May 2013 Thursday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2013 | May 2013

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

Last Quarter 50% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 50% and getting smaller. The Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 2 May 2013 at 11:14 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 ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in ♉ Taurus on
  • First Quarter in ♌ Leo on
  • Full Moon in ♐ Sagittarius on
  • Last Quarter in ♓ Pisces on

Flower Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May after 22 days on 25 May 2013 at 04:25.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1941"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.98% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1941" and ∠1903".

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 164 / 1117

Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 164 of Meeus index or 1117 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.62 days

Length of current 164 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 53 minutes. It is 35 minutes shorter than next lunation 165.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 9 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 54 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠110.3°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠110.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠143.3°. 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 after perigee

4 days after point of perigee on 27 April 2013 at 19:48, lunar orbit gets wider while the Moon moves outward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 11 days until it gets to the point of apogee on 13 May 2013 at 13:31.

Distance to Moon 369 208 km

Moon is 369 208 km (229 415 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous perigee point before 4 days, distance is 362 268 km (225 103 mi). Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 405 827 km (252 169 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after its ascending node on 26 April 2013 at 14:07, the Moon follows the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 9 May 2013 at 19:12.

Draconic month

5 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of current draconic month.

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Moon after southern standstill

3 days after previous South standstill on 28 April 2013 at 19:05, when Moon reaches southern declination of ∠-20.170°, lunar orbit moves northward for the next 10 days to face North declination of ∠20.170° in the next northern standstill on 12 May 2013 at 12:30.

Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days the Moon is in New Moon conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy on 10 May 2013 at 00:29.

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