Crescent ♋ Cancer
Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 28% and growing larger. The 5 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 20 April 2023 at 04:12.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1785" and ∠1907".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2023 after 10 days on 5 May 2023 at 17:34.
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 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 288 of Meeus index or 1241 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 41 minutes. It is 1 hour and 3 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°).
The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 3 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 6 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠59.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠92.6°.
9 days after point of perigee on 16 April 2023 at 02:22 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 28 April 2023 at 06:43 in ♌ Leo.
The Moon is 401 562 km (249 519 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 300 km (251 220 mi).
5 days after ascending node on 20 April 2023 at 11:32 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 4 May 2023 at 21:57 in ♎ Libra.
5 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 05:53 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠27.957°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-27.937° at the point of next standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 9 May 2023 at 09:01.
In 10 days on 5 May 2023 at 17:34 in ♏ Scorpio 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.