Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 30 March 2013 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 27 March 2013 at 09:27.
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 is passing about ∠21° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1957" and ∠1921".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2013 after 26 days on 25 April 2013 at 19:57.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
11 days after point of apogee on 19 March 2013 at 03:13 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 31 March 2013 at 03:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 366 215 km (227 555 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 494 km (228 350 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♏ Scorpio at 05:55 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 12 April 2013 at 12:12 in ♉ Taurus.
At 05:55 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
11 days after previous North standstill on 18 March 2013 at 21:50 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.335°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.250° in the next southern standstill on 1 April 2013 at 12:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 10 days on 10 April 2013 at 09:35 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.