Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 19 October 2023 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2023 | October 2023

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

Waxing Crescent 22% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 22% and growing larger. The 5 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 14 October 2023 at 17:55.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1906"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1906" and ∠1927".

Hunter Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2023 after 9 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 294 / 1247

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 294 of Meeus index or 1247 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.65 days

Length of current 294 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 32 minutes. It is 1 hour and 27 minutes longer than next lunation 295 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 48 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 15 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠232.5°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠232.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠269.5°. 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 before perigee

9 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 6 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 375 979 km

Moon is 375 979 km (233 623 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 873 km (226 722 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after its descending node on 15 October 2023 at 01:11 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 October 2023 at 03:14 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

18 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

13 days after previous North standstill on 5 October 2023 at 20:31 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.294°. Next day 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 9 days

After 9 days on 28 October 2023 at 20:24 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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