Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 27 April 2013 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 25 April 2013 at 19:57.
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 first ∠0° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1906".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2013 after 27 days on 25 May 2013 at 04:25.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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 perigee on this date at 19:48, this is 11 days after last apogee on 15 April 2013 at 22:21 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 16 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 13 May 2013 at 13:31 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 362 268 km (225 103 mi) away from Earth. It is 240 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 8 088 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after its ascending node on 26 April 2013 at 14:07 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 9 May 2013 at 19:12 in ♉ Taurus.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 15 April 2013 at 05:29 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.189°. Next day 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.
After 12 days on 10 May 2013 at 00:29 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.