Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 24 March 2023 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 21 March 2023 at 17:23.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1869" and ∠1924".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2023 after 12 days on 6 April 2023 at 04:35.
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 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 287 of Meeus index or 1240 from Brown series.
Length of current 287 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 49 minutes. It is 52 minutes shorter than next lunation 288 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 55 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 14 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠34.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠59.2°. 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°).
4 days after point of perigee on 19 March 2023 at 15:16 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 31 March 2023 at 11:18 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 383 412 km (238 241 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 921 km (251 606 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 02:08 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 7 April 2023 at 13:51 in ♎ Libra.
At 02:08 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
8 days after previous South standstill on 15 March 2023 at 21:43 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.831°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.898° in the next northern standstill on 28 March 2023 at 21:29 in ♊ Gemini.
After 12 days on 6 April 2023 at 04:35 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.