Moon* ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 20 January 2023 Friday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 15 January 2023 at 02:10.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2023 after 16 days on 5 February 2023 at 18:29.
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.
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.
Length of current 284 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 next lunation 285 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 8 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 1 minute longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠344.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠360°. 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°).
12 days after point of apogee on 8 January 2023 at 09:19 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 21 January 2023 at 20:58 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 364 473 km (226 473 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 570 km (221 562 mi).
4 days after its descending node on 16 January 2023 at 06:32 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 January 2023 at 16:05 in ♉ Taurus.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 05:06 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-27.461°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2023. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠27.511° in its northern standstill point on 2 February 2023 at 08:18 in ♋ Cancer.
After 1 day on 21 January 2023 at 20:53 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.