Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 26 April 2013 Friday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1949" and ∠1906".
The Full Moon this days is the Pink of April 2013.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle 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°).
10 days after point of apogee on 15 April 2013 at 22:21 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 27 April 2013 at 19:48 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 367 785 km (228 531 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 362 268 km (225 103 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♏ Scorpio at 14:07 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 9 May 2013 at 19:12 in ♉ Taurus.
At 14:07 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
11 days after previous North standstill on 15 April 2013 at 05:29 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.189°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.170° in the next southern standstill on 28 April 2013 at 19:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.