Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 27 February 2013 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2013 | February 2013

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

Waning Gibbous 97% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 97% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 25 February 2013 at 20:26.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.

Moon in ♍ Virgo

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♎ Libra later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1888"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1888" and ∠1937".

Snow Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2013 after 27 days on 27 March 2013 at 09:27.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Sagittarius ♐ on 4 March 2013 at 21:53
  • New Moon in Pisces ♓ on 11 March 2013 at 19:51
  • First Quarter in Gemini ♊ on 19 March 2013 at 17:27
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 27 March 2013 at 09:27

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 162 / 1115

The Moon is 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 162 of Meeus index or 1115 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.52 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 31 minutes. It is 1 hour and 13 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 13 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 56 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠44.2°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠44.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠73.6°.

Moon before apogee

8 days after point of apogee on 19 February 2013 at 06:30 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 5 March 2013 at 23:20 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 379 673 km

The Moon is 379 673 km (235 918 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 954 km (229 879 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 17 February 2013 at 02:57 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 3 March 2013 at 02:30 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

23 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

7 days since the previous standstill on 19 February 2013 at 13:35 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.583°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-20.453° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 March 2013 at 06:41 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 11 March 2013 at 19:51 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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