Gibbous ♓ Pisces
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 62% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 20 November 2023 at 10:50 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1943".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2023 after 5 days on 27 November 2023 at 09:16.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 295 of Meeus index or 1248 from Brown series.
Length of current 295 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 5 minutes. It is 1 hour and 40 minutes longer than next lunation 296 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 21 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 42 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠269.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠303.6°. 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 is reaching point of perigee on this date at 21:03, this is 14 days after last apogee on 6 November 2023 at 21:49 in ♌ Leo. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 4 December 2023 at 18:42 in ♍ Virgo.
This perigee Moon is 369 824 km (229 798 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2023. It is 7 316 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 532 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
10 days after its descending node on 11 November 2023 at 08:49 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 November 2023 at 11:02 in ♈ Aries.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
4 days after previous South standstill on 16 November 2023 at 14:45 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.238°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.191° in the next northern standstill on 29 November 2023 at 14:08 in ♊ Gemini.
After 5 days on 27 November 2023 at 09:16 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.