Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 4 July 2013 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 30 June 2013 at 04:54.
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 passing first ∠1° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1782" and ∠1887".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2013 after 18 days on 22 July 2013 at 18:15.
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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 perigee on 23 June 2013 at 11:09 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 7 July 2013 at 00:36 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 402 202 km (249 917 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 493 km (252 583 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 3 July 2013 at 04:15 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 17 July 2013 at 14:58 in ♏ Scorpio.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 22 June 2013 at 16:11 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.186°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.170° in the next northern standstill on 6 July 2013 at 02:09 in ♊ Gemini.
After 3 days on 8 July 2013 at 07:14 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.