Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 8 May 2013 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2013 | May 2013

Waning Crescent phase
Waning Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Crescent 2% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 2% and getting smaller. The 28 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 2 May 2013 at 11:14.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon is entering ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1812"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1812" and ∠1901".

Flower Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2013 after 16 days on 25 May 2013 at 04:25.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 10 May 2013 at 00:29
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 18 May 2013 at 04:35
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 25 May 2013 at 04:25
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 31 May 2013 at 18:58

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 164 / 1117

The Moon is 28 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 164 of Meeus index or 1117 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.62 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 53 minutes. It is 35 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 9 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 54 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠110.3°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠110.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠143.3°.

Moon before perigee

10 days after point of perigee on 27 April 2013 at 19:48 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 13 May 2013 at 13:31 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 395 552 km

The Moon is 395 552 km (245 785 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 827 km (252 169 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 26 April 2013 at 14:07 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 9 May 2013 at 19:12 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the previous standstill on 28 April 2013 at 19:05 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-20.170°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠20.170° at the point of next northern standstill on 12 May 2013 at 12:30 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 10 May 2013 at 00:29 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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