Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 3 October 2013 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Virgo.

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Moon phase details for

Lunar calendar 2013 | October 2013

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

Waning Crescent 3% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 3% and getting smaller.

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Moon phase and lunation

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 27 September 2013 at 03:56.

Hunter Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October after 15 days on 18 October 2013 at 23:38.

Moon in Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠21° of Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Upcoming Moon phases

Apparent angular diameter ∠1834"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.49% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1834" and ∠1918".

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 169 / 1122

Moon is 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 169 of Meeus index or 1122 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.54 days

Length of current 169 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 58 minutes. It is 43 minutes longer than next lunation 170.

Lunation length longer than mean

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.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠249.2°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠249.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠285.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months decreases since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0°or∠360°).

Moon after apogee

5 days after point of apogee on 27 September 2013 at 18:17, lunar orbit gets closer while the Moon moves inward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 7 days until it gets to the point of perigee on 10 October 2013 at 23:06.

Distance to Moon 390 861 km

Moon is 390 861 km (242 870 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous apogee point before 5 days, distance is 404 309 km (251 226 mi). Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 369 813 km (229 791 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after its descending node on 22 September 2013 at 13:48, the Moon follows the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 6 October 2013 at 22:08.

Draconic month

23 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of current draconic month.

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Moon before southern standstill

7 days after previous North standstill on 26 September 2013 at 01:03, when Moon reaches northern declination of ∠19.599°, lunar orbit moves southward for the next 6 days to face South declination of ∠-19.537° in the next southern standstill on 9 October 2013 at 23:52.

Syzygy in 1 day

After 1 day the Moon is in New Moon conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy on 5 October 2013 at 00:35.

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