Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 20 April 2023 Thursday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.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 ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1884" and ∠1910".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2023 after 15 days on 5 May 2023 at 17:34.
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 04:12 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 288 of Meeus index or 1241 from Brown series.
29 days, 11 hours and 41 minutes is the length of new lunation 288. It is 1 hour and 3 minutes shorter than next lunation 289 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 3 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 6 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠59.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠92.6°. 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°).
4 days after point of perigee on 16 April 2023 at 02:22 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 28 April 2023 at 06:43 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 380 468 km (236 412 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 7 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 300 km (251 220 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 11:32 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 4 May 2023 at 21:57 in ♎ Libra.
At 11:32 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
8 days after previous South standstill on 12 April 2023 at 03:15 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.947°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.957° in the next northern standstill on 25 April 2023 at 05:53 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.