Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 15 March 2013 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 11 March 2013 at 19:51.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1795" and ∠1929".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2013 after 11 days on 27 March 2013 at 09:27.
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 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 163 of Meeus index or 1116 from Brown series.
Length of current 163 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 44 minutes. 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°).
9 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 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 19 March 2013 at 03:13 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 399 383 km (248 165 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 262 km (251 197 mi).
12 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 16 March 2013 at 06:15 in ♉ Taurus.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous South standstill on 5 March 2013 at 06:41 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.453°. Next 3 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 11 days on 27 March 2013 at 09:27 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.