Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 26 May 2013 Sunday 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 May 2013 at 04:25.
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 about ∠24° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1894".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2013 after 27 days on 23 June 2013 at 11:32.
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 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 01:45, this is 12 days after last apogee on 13 May 2013 at 13:31 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 9 June 2013 at 21:40 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 358 375 km (222 684 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 133 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 11 981 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
2 days 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 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 6 June 2013 at 00:59 in ♉ Taurus.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 04:47 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-20.182°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠20.200° in its northern standstill point on 8 June 2013 at 19:16 in ♊ Gemini.
After 13 days on 8 June 2013 at 15:56 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.