Gibbous ♓ Pisces
Moon phase on 2 August 2023 Wednesday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Aquarius.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 ∠20° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1891".
The Full Moon this days is the Sturgeon of August 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 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 perigee on this date at 05:52, this is 12 days after last apogee on 20 July 2023 at 06:56 in ♌ Leo. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 16 August 2023 at 11:55 in ♌ Leo.
This perigee Moon is 357 311 km (222 023 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 197 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 13 045 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
7 days after its descending node on 25 July 2023 at 15:05 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 7 August 2023 at 02:46 in ♈ Aries.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
3 days after previous South standstill on 30 July 2023 at 11:13 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.924°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.981° in the next northern standstill on 12 August 2023 at 07:39 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.