Quarter* ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 2 April 2013 Tuesday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 3 April 2013 at 04:37 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1919".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2013 after 23 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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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°).
2 days after point of perigee on 31 March 2013 at 03:55 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 15 April 2013 at 22:21 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 363 625 km (225 946 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 13 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 865 km (251 571 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 30 March 2013 at 05:55 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 12 April 2013 at 12:12 in ♉ Taurus.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 1 April 2013 at 12:03 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.250°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.189° in the next northern standstill on 15 April 2013 at 05:29 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 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.