Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 18 September 2023 Monday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2023 | September 2023

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

Waxing Crescent 11% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 11% and growing larger. The 3 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 15 September 2023 at 01:40.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon is entering ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1827"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1827" and ∠1910".

Harvest Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2023 after 10 days on 29 September 2023 at 09:57.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 293 / 1246

The Moon is 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 293 of Meeus index or 1246 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.68 days

Length of current 293 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 15 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2023. It is 43 minutes longer than next lunation 294 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 31 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 32 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠202.9°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠202.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠232.5°. 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°).

Moon after apogee

5 days after point of apogee on 12 September 2023 at 15:42 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 28 September 2023 at 01:05 in ♓ Pisces.

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Distance to Moon 392 316 km

Moon is 392 316 km (243 774 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 911 km (223 638 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after its descending node on 17 September 2023 at 19:18 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 30 September 2023 at 16:49 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

9 days after previous North standstill on 8 September 2023 at 13:18 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.168°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.254° in the next southern standstill on 23 September 2023 at 03:42 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 10 days

After 10 days on 29 September 2023 at 09:57 in ♈ Aries, 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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