Moon* ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 4 May 2023 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 27 April 2023 at 21:20.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1845" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2023 after 1 day on 5 May 2023 at 17:34.
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.
The Moon is 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 288 of Meeus index or 1241 from Brown series.
Length of current 288 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 41 minutes. 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°).
6 days after point of apogee on 28 April 2023 at 06:43 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 11 May 2023 at 04:57 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 388 583 km (241 454 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 345 km (229 500 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♎ Libra at 21:57 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 17 May 2023 at 19:36 in ♈ Aries.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 25 April 2023 at 05:53 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.957°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.937° in the next southern standstill on 9 May 2023 at 09:01 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 1 day on 5 May 2023 at 17:34 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.