Crescent ♓ Pisces
Moon phase on 20 February 2023 Monday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Pisces.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1960" and ∠1940".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2023 after 15 days on 7 March 2023 at 12:40.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 07:06 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 286 of Meeus index or 1239 from Brown series.
29 days, 10 hours and 17 minutes is the length of new lunation 286. It is 32 minutes shorter than next lunation 287 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 27 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 42 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠15.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠34.1°. 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 19 February 2023 at 09:06 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 3 March 2023 at 18:01 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 365 686 km (227 227 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 890 km (252 208 mi).
8 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 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 February 2023 at 18:56 in ♈ Aries.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
3 days after previous South standstill on 16 February 2023 at 14:36 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.629°. Next 9 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.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.