Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 1 February 2023 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Waxing Gibbous phase
Waxing Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Gibbous 84% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 84% and growing larger. The 11 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 28 January 2023 at 15:19.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1787"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1787" and ∠1947".

Snow Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2023 after 4 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 285 / 1238

The Moon is 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 285 of Meeus index or 1238 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.43 days

The length of the 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 the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 31 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 38 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠360°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠360°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠15.6°.

Moon before perigee

10 days after point of perigee on 21 January 2023 at 20:58 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 4 February 2023 at 08:55 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 401 025 km

The Moon is 401 025 km (249 185 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 476 km (252 572 mi).

Moon after ascending node

3 days after ascending node on 28 January 2023 at 16:05 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 12 February 2023 at 07:31 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the previous standstill on 20 January 2023 at 05:06 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.461°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠27.511° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 February 2023 at 08:18 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 5 February 2023 at 18:29 in ♌ Leo the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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