Quarter ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 28 January 2023 Saturday is First Quarter, 7 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 48% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 28 January 2023 at 15:19 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1863" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2023 after 8 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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 285 of Meeus index or 1238 from Brown series.
Length of current 285 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 13 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2023. It is 4 minutes shorter than next lunation 286 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 31 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 38 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠360°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠15.6°. 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°).
6 days after point of perigee on 21 January 2023 at 20:58 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 4 February 2023 at 08:55 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 384 714 km (239 050 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 476 km (252 572 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 16:05 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 12 February 2023 at 07:31 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 16:05 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
8 days after previous South standstill on 20 January 2023 at 05:06 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.461°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.511° in the next northern standstill on 2 February 2023 at 08:18 in ♋ Cancer.
After 8 days on 5 February 2023 at 18:29 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.