Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 18 February 2023 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 13 February 2023 at 16:01.
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 first ∠4° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1941".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2023 after 17 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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
14 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 day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 February 2023 at 09:06 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 363 298 km (225 743 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 267 km (222 617 mi).
6 days after its descending node on 12 February 2023 at 07:31 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 February 2023 at 18:56 in ♈ Aries.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 16 February 2023 at 14:36 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.629°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.716° in the next northern standstill on 1 March 2023 at 14:09 in ♊ Gemini.
After 1 day 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.