Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 9 January 2013 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 5 January 2013 at 03:58.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2013 after 17 days on 27 January 2013 at 04:38.
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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 160 of Meeus index or 1113 from Brown series.
Length of current 160 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes. It is 34 minutes shorter than next lunation 161 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 42 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 27 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠6.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠23.3°. 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°).
14 days after point of apogee on 25 December 2012 at 21:19 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 10 January 2013 at 10:26 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 363 351 km (225 776 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 048 km (223 723 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 7 January 2013 at 23:50 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 21 January 2013 at 01:19 in ♉ Taurus.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 15:22 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-20.879°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2013. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠20.816° in its northern standstill point on 23 January 2013 at 05:12 in ♊ Gemini.
After 2 days on 11 January 2013 at 19:44 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.