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Moon phase on 27 February 2023 Monday is First Quarter, 7 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2023 | February 2023

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 52% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 27 February 2023 at 08:06 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1812"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1812" and ∠1937".

Worm Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2023 after 8 days on 7 March 2023 at 12:40.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Virgo ♍ on 7 March 2023 at 12:40
  • Last Quarter in Sagittarius ♐ on 15 March 2023 at 02:08
  • New Moon in Pisces ♓ on 21 March 2023 at 17:23
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 29 March 2023 at 02:32

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 286 / 1239

The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 286 of Meeus index or 1239 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.43 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 17 minutes. It is 32 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 27 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 42 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠15.6°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠15.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠34.1°.

Moon before perigee

8 days after point of perigee on 19 February 2023 at 09:06 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 3 March 2023 at 18:01 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 395 611 km

The Moon is 395 611 km (245 821 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 890 km (252 208 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 24 February 2023 at 18:56 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 11 March 2023 at 08:53 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

2 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the previous standstill on 16 February 2023 at 14:36 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.629°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.716° at the point of next northern standstill on 1 March 2023 at 14:09 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 7 March 2023 at 12:40 in ♍ Virgo 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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