Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 18 March 2013 Monday is Waxing Crescent, 6 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2013 | March 2013

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 39% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 39% and growing larger. The 6 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 6 days on 11 March 2013 at 19:51.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1927".

Worm Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2013 after 8 days on 27 March 2013 at 09:27.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Gemini ♊ on 19 March 2013 at 17:27
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 27 March 2013 at 09:27
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 3 April 2013 at 04:37
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 10 April 2013 at 09:35

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 163 / 1116

The Moon is 6 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.

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Synodic month length 29.57 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 44 minutes. It is 1 hour and 9 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 3 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠73.6°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠73.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠110.3°.

Moon before perigee

12 days after point of perigee on 5 March 2013 at 23:20 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 19 March 2013 at 03:13 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 405 347 km

The Moon is 405 347 km (251 871 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 262 km (251 197 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 16 March 2013 at 06:15 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 30 March 2013 at 05:55 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

15 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 at northern standstill

At 21:50 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠20.335°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-20.250° at the point of next standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 1 April 2013 at 12:03.

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Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 27 March 2013 at 09:27 in ♎ Libra the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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