Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 5 September 2013 at 11:36.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1914" and ∠1905".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2013 after 9 days on 19 September 2013 at 11:13.
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.
The 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 169 of Meeus index or 1122 from Brown series.
Length of current 169 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 58 minutes. It is 43 minutes longer than next lunation 170 length.
Length of current synodic month is 14 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 49 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠249.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠285.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
9 days after point of apogee on 30 August 2013 at 23:46 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 15 September 2013 at 16:34 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 374 452 km (232 674 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 388 km (228 284 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♏ Scorpio at 17:29 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 22 September 2013 at 13:48 in ♉ Taurus.
At 17:29 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
10 days after previous North standstill on 29 August 2013 at 17:03 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.801°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.685° in the next southern standstill on 12 September 2013 at 18:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 9 days on 19 September 2013 at 11:13 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.