Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 8 March 2013 Friday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 4 March 2013 at 21:53.
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 ∠5° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1942" and ∠1933".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2013 after 18 days on 27 March 2013 at 09:27.
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 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°).
2 days after point of perigee on 5 March 2013 at 23:20 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 19 March 2013 at 03:13 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 369 077 km (229 334 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 262 km (251 197 mi).
5 days after its ascending node on 3 March 2013 at 02:30 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 16 March 2013 at 06:15 in ♉ Taurus.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous South standstill on 5 March 2013 at 06:41 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.453°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.335° in the next northern standstill on 18 March 2013 at 21:50 in ♊ Gemini.
After 3 days on 11 March 2013 at 19:51 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.