Moon* ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 4 September 2013 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 7 days on 28 August 2013 at 09:35.
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 ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1806" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2013 after 14 days on 19 September 2013 at 11:13.
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 28 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 168 of Meeus index or 1121 from Brown series.
Length of current 168 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 45 minutes. It is 47 minutes longer than next lunation 169 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 1 minute longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 2 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠216.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠249.2°. 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°).
4 days after point of apogee on 30 August 2013 at 23:46 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 15 September 2013 at 16:34 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 396 942 km (246 648 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 388 km (228 284 mi).
9 days after its descending node on 26 August 2013 at 08:19 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 9 September 2013 at 17:29 in ♏ Scorpio.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 29 August 2013 at 17:03 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.801°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.685° in the next southern standstill on 12 September 2013 at 18:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 1 day on 5 September 2013 at 11:36 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.