Moon phase today: Lunar calendar

Today's Moon phase, 28 May 2023, Sunday is First Quarter in Virgo.

Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin

Today's Moon phase for

Lunar calendar 2023 | May 2023

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 58% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase today: . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 27 May 2023 at 15:22 UTC.

Yesterday | Tomorrow

Moon phases for next 7 days

7 days ago | 7 days after

Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1782"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1782" and ∠1893".

Strawberry Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2023 after 6 days on 4 June 2023 at 03:42.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 4 June 2023 at 03:42
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 10 June 2023 at 19:31
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 18 June 2023 at 04:37
  • First Quarter in Libra ♎ on 26 June 2023 at 07:50

Neap tide

There is low ocean tide today. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.

Lunation 289 / 1242

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 289 of Meeus index or 1242 from Brown series.

PreviousCurrent lunationNext

Synodic month length 29.53 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 44 minutes. It is 1 hour and 11 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length same as the mean

The length of the current synodic month is equal to the mean synodic month length. It is %hours_to_shortest% and %minutes_to_shortest% longer than the 21st century's shortest and %hours_to_longest% and %minutes_to_longest% shorter than the 21st century's longest synodic months.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠92.6°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠92.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠127.4°.

Moon after apogee

2 days after point of apogee on 26 May 2023 at 01:39 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 6 June 2023 at 23:07 in ♑ Capricorn.

Previous apogeeNext perigee

Distance to Moon 402 274 km

The Moon is 402 274 km (249 961 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 860 km (226 713 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 days after ascending node on 17 May 2023 at 19:36 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 1 June 2023 at 06:23 in ♏ Scorpio.

Previous nodeNext node

Draconic month

10 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

PreviousCurrent draconic monthNext

Moon after northern standstill

5 days since the previous standstill on 22 May 2023 at 14:08 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.903°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.866° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 June 2023 at 16:21 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Previous standstillNext standstill

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 4 June 2023 at 03:42 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Previous syzygyNext syzygy

Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Back to: Top of page