Crescent ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 12 August 2023 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 8 August 2023 at 10:28.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1800" and ∠1894".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2023 after 18 days on 31 August 2023 at 01:35.
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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
10 days after point of perigee on 2 August 2023 at 05:52 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 16 August 2023 at 11:55 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 398 318 km (247 503 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 635 km (252 671 mi).
5 days after its ascending node on 7 August 2023 at 02:46 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 21 August 2023 at 16:23 in ♎ Libra.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 07:39 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠27.981°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-28.095° in its southern standstill point on 26 August 2023 at 20:22 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 3 days on 16 August 2023 at 09:38 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.