Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 12 October 2023 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2023 | October 2023

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

Waning Crescent 5% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 5% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 6 October 2023 at 13:48.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1776"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1776" and ∠1923".

Hunter Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2023 after 16 days on 28 October 2023 at 20:24.

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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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

2 days after point of apogee on 10 October 2023 at 03:41 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 October 2023 at 02:53 in ♓ Pisces.

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Distance to Moon 403 576 km

Moon is 403 576 km (250 771 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 13 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 873 km (226 722 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after its ascending node on 30 September 2023 at 16:49 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 15 October 2023 at 01:11 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after northern standstill

6 days after previous North standstill on 5 October 2023 at 20:31 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.294°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.305° in the next southern standstill on 20 October 2023 at 09:19 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 2 days

After 2 days on 14 October 2023 at 17:55 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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