Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 4 February 2023 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2023 | February 2023

Waxing Gibbous phase
Waxing Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Gibbous 99% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 99% and growing larger. The 13 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 28 January 2023 at 15:19.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon is entering ♌ Leo

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1946".

Snow Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2023 after 1 day on 5 February 2023 at 18:29.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 285 / 1238

The Moon is 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 285 of Meeus index or 1238 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.43 days

Length of current 285 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 13 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2023. It is 4 minutes shorter than next lunation 286 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 31 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 38 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠360°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠360°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠15.6°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon in apogee

Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 08:55, this is 13 days after last perigee on 21 January 2023 at 20:58 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 19 February 2023 at 09:06 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Distance to Moon 406 476 km

This apogee Moon is 406 476 km (252 572 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 068 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 233 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

6 days after its ascending node on 28 January 2023 at 16:05 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 12 February 2023 at 07:31 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon after northern standstill

2 days after previous North standstill on 2 February 2023 at 08:18 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.511°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.629° in the next southern standstill on 16 February 2023 at 14:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 1 day

After 1 day on 5 February 2023 at 18:29 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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