Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 18 January 2023 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 25 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2023 | January 2023

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

Waning Crescent 16% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 16% and getting smaller. The 25 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 15 January 2023 at 02:10.

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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1937"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1937" and ∠1950".

Snow Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2023 after 18 days on 5 February 2023 at 18:29.

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 284 / 1237

The Moon is 25 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 284 of Meeus index or 1237 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.44 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 36 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2023. It is 23 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 8 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 1 minute longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠344.3°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠344.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠360°.

Moon before apogee

10 days after point of apogee on 8 January 2023 at 09:19 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 21 January 2023 at 20:58 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 369 995 km

The Moon is 369 995 km (229 904 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 570 km (221 562 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 16 January 2023 at 06:32 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 28 January 2023 at 16:05 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

16 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the previous standstill on 6 January 2023 at 03:08 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.406°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-27.461° at the point of next southern standstill on 20 January 2023 at 05:06 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 21 January 2023 at 20:53 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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