Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 15 May 2013 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2013 | May 2013

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

Waxing Crescent 25% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 25% and growing larger. The 5 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 10 May 2013 at 00:29.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1778"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1778" and ∠1898".

Flower Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2013 after 9 days on 25 May 2013 at 04:25.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 18 May 2013 at 04:35
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 25 May 2013 at 04:25
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 31 May 2013 at 18:58
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 8 June 2013 at 15:56

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 165 / 1118

The Moon is 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 165 of Meeus index or 1118 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.64 days

Length of current 165 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 28 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2013. It is 10 minutes longer than next lunation 166 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 44 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 19 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠143.3°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠143.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠168.8°. 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 apogee

1 day after point of apogee on 13 May 2013 at 13:31 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 May 2013 at 01:45 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 403 041 km

Moon is 403 041 km (250 438 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 375 km (222 684 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after its descending node on 9 May 2013 at 19:12 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 May 2013 at 00:40 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after northern standstill

2 days after previous North standstill on 12 May 2013 at 12:30 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.170°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.182° in the next southern standstill on 26 May 2013 at 04:47 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 9 days

After 9 days on 25 May 2013 at 04:25 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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