Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 3 July 2023 Monday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1951" and ∠1887".
The Full Moon this days is the Buck of July 2023.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 290 of Meeus index or 1243 from Brown series.
Length of current 290 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 55 minutes. It is 1 hour and 11 minutes shorter than next lunation 291 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 11 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 52 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠127.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠155.7°. 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°).
10 days after point of apogee on 22 June 2023 at 18:30 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 4 July 2023 at 22:28 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 367 321 km (228 243 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 151 km (223 787 mi).
4 days after its descending node on 28 June 2023 at 12:22 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 11 July 2023 at 01:23 in ♉ Taurus.
19 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 01:23 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-27.840°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠27.849° in its northern standstill point on 16 July 2023 at 02:40 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.