Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 23 February 2013 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 17 February 2013 at 20:31.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1803" and ∠1939".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2013 after 2 days on 25 February 2013 at 20:26.
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.
The Moon is 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 162 of Meeus index or 1115 from Brown series.
Length of current 162 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 31 minutes. It is 1 hour and 13 minutes shorter than next lunation 163 length.
Length of current synodic month is 13 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 56 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠44.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠73.6°. 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°).
4 days after point of apogee on 19 February 2013 at 06:30 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 5 March 2013 at 23:20 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 397 622 km (247 071 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 954 km (229 879 mi).
6 days after its descending node on 17 February 2013 at 02:57 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 3 March 2013 at 02:30 in ♏ Scorpio.
19 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 19 February 2013 at 13:35 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.583°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.453° in the next southern standstill on 5 March 2013 at 06:41 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 days on 25 February 2013 at 20:26 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.