Gibbous ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 9 February 2023 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 5 February 2023 at 18:29.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1814" and ∠1945".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2023 after 26 days on 7 March 2023 at 12:40.
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.
The Moon is 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
5 days after point of apogee on 4 February 2023 at 08:55 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 February 2023 at 09:06 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 395 070 km (245 485 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 267 km (222 617 mi).
11 days after its ascending node on 28 January 2023 at 16:05 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 12 February 2023 at 07:31 in ♏ Scorpio.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
7 days after previous North standstill on 2 February 2023 at 08:18 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.511°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.629° in the next southern standstill on 16 February 2023 at 14:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 10 days on 20 February 2023 at 07:06 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.