Crescent ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 20 July 2023 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 17 July 2023 at 18:32.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2023 after 12 days on 1 August 2023 at 18:31.
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 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 291 of Meeus index or 1244 from Brown series.
Length of current 291 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 6 minutes. It is 56 minutes shorter than next lunation 292 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 22 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 41 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠155.7°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠179.2°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 06:56, this is 15 days after last perigee on 4 July 2023 at 22:28 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 2 August 2023 at 05:52 in ♒ Aquarius.
This apogee Moon is 406 291 km (252 458 mi) away from Earth. It is 883 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 418 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
9 days after its ascending node on 11 July 2023 at 01:23 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 25 July 2023 at 15:05 in ♎ Libra.
9 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 16 July 2023 at 02:40 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.849°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.924° in the next southern standstill on 30 July 2023 at 11:13 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 12 days on 1 August 2023 at 18:31 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.