Crescent ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 12 March 2013 Tuesday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1853" and ∠1931".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2013 after 14 days on 27 March 2013 at 09:27.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 19:51 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 163 of Meeus index or 1116 from Brown series.
29 days, 13 hours and 44 minutes is the length of new lunation 163. It is 1 hour and 9 minutes shorter than next lunation 164 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 3 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠73.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠110.3°. 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°).
6 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 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 19 March 2013 at 03:13 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 386 802 km (240 348 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 262 km (251 197 mi).
9 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 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 16 March 2013 at 06:15 in ♉ Taurus.
9 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 5 March 2013 at 06:41 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.453°. Next 6 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.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.