Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 21 June 2013 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 16 June 2013 at 17:24.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1960" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2013 after 1 day on 23 June 2013 at 11:32.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 166 of Meeus index or 1119 from Brown series.
Length of current 166 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 18 minutes. It is 42 minutes longer than next lunation 167 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 34 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 29 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠168.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠191.6°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
11 days after point of apogee on 9 June 2013 at 21:40 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 23 June 2013 at 11:09 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 365 626 km (227 189 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 990 km (221 823 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 20 June 2013 at 09:51 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 3 July 2013 at 04:15 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 8 June 2013 at 19:16 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.200°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.186° in the next southern standstill on 22 June 2013 at 16:11 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 1 day on 23 June 2013 at 11:32 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.