Crescent ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 15 April 2013 Monday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 10 April 2013 at 09:35.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1912".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2013 after 10 days on 25 April 2013 at 19:57.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 164 of Meeus index or 1117 from Brown series.
Length of current 164 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 53 minutes. It is 35 minutes shorter than next lunation 165 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 9 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 54 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠110.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠143.3°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 22:21, this is 15 days after last perigee on 31 March 2013 at 03:55 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 27 April 2013 at 19:48 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 404 865 km (251 571 mi) away from Earth. It is 543 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 844 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
2 days after its descending node on 12 April 2013 at 12:12 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 26 April 2013 at 14:07 in ♏ Scorpio.
16 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 05:29 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠20.189°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-20.170° in its southern standstill point on 28 April 2013 at 19:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 10 days on 25 April 2013 at 19:57 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.