Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 31 July 2013 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 29 July 2013 at 17:43.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1788" and ∠1890".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2013 after 20 days on 21 August 2013 at 01:45.
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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 167 of Meeus index or 1120 from Brown series.
Length of current 167 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 36 minutes. It is 51 minutes longer than next lunation 168 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 52 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 11 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠191.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠216.9°. 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°).
9 days after point of perigee on 21 July 2013 at 20:27 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 3 August 2013 at 08:53 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 400 799 km (249 045 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 834 km (252 174 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 30 July 2013 at 05:50 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 13 August 2013 at 16:20 in ♏ Scorpio.
13 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 20 July 2013 at 03:12 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.097°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.025° in the next northern standstill on 2 August 2013 at 09:24 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 6 August 2013 at 21:51 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.