Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 25 May 2013 Saturday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.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 ∠9° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1894".
The Full Moon this days is the Flower of May 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 165 of Meeus index or 1118 from Brown series.
Length of current 165 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 28 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2013. It is 10 minutes longer than next lunation 166 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 44 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 19 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠143.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠168.8°. 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°).
11 days after point of apogee on 13 May 2013 at 13:31 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 26 May 2013 at 01:45 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 364 403 km (226 430 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 375 km (222 684 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 24 May 2013 at 00:40 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 6 June 2013 at 00:59 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 12 May 2013 at 12:30 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.170°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.182° in the next southern standstill on 26 May 2013 at 04:47 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.