Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 23 January 2019 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 21 January 2019 at 05:16.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2019 after 27 days on 19 February 2019 at 15:53.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 235 of Meeus index or 1188 from Brown series.
Length of current 235 lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 35 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2019. It is 35 minutes longer than next lunation 236 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 51 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 12 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠149.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠175.6°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
1 day after point of perigee on 21 January 2019 at 19:58 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 5 February 2019 at 09:26 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 364 003 km (226 181 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 556 km (252 622 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 20 January 2019 at 22:48 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 3 February 2019 at 06:35 in ♑ Capricorn.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 19 January 2019 at 23:20 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.544°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.547° in the next southern standstill on 2 February 2019 at 00:48 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 12 days on 4 February 2019 at 21:04 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.