Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 17% and growing larger. The 4 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 5 September 2013 at 11:36.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1914" and ∠1905".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2013 after 9 days on 19 September 2013 at 11:13.
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 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 169 of Meeus index or 1122 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 58 minutes. It is 43 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 14 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 49 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠249.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠285.3°.
9 days after point of apogee on 30 August 2013 at 23:46 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 15 September 2013 at 16:34 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 374 452 km (232 674 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 388 km (228 284 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♏ Scorpio at 17:29 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 13 days later on 22 September 2013 at 13:48 in ♉ Taurus.
At 17:29 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
10 days since the previous standstill on 29 August 2013 at 17:03 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.801°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-19.685° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 September 2013 at 18:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 9 days on 19 September 2013 at 11:13 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.