Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 9 October 2013 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 5 October 2013 at 00:35.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1959" and ∠1921".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2013 after 9 days on 18 October 2013 at 23:38.
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 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 170 of Meeus index or 1123 from Brown series.
Length of current 170 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 15 minutes. It is 43 minutes longer than next lunation 171 length.
Length of current synodic month is 29 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 40 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠285.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠315°. 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 27 September 2013 at 18:17 in ♋ Cancer. 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 10 October 2013 at 23:06 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 365 801 km (227 298 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 813 km (229 791 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 6 October 2013 at 22:08 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 19 October 2013 at 21:47 in ♉ Taurus.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 23:52 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-19.537°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠19.509° in its northern standstill point on 23 October 2013 at 09:13 in ♊ Gemini.
After 9 days on 18 October 2013 at 23:38 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.