Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 20 January 2023 Friday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Capricorn.

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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 3% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 3% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1967"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1950".

Snow Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2023 after 16 days on 5 February 2023 at 18:29.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Lunation 284 / 1237

The Moon is 27 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

12 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 day, 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 364 473 km

The Moon is 364 473 km (226 473 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 570 km (221 562 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 16 January 2023 at 06:32 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 8 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

18 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 at southern standstill

At 05:06 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-27.461°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2023. Over the next 12 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠27.511° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 2 February 2023 at 08:18.

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Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day 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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