Crescent ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 16 August 2023 Wednesday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2023 after 14 days on 31 August 2023 at 01:35.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 09:38 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 292 of Meeus index or 1245 from Brown series.
29 days, 16 hours and 2 minutes is the length of new lunation 292. It is 13 minutes shorter than next lunation 293 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 45 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠179.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠202.9°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 11:55, this is 14 days after last perigee on 2 August 2023 at 05:52 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 30 August 2023 at 15:51 in ♒ Aquarius.
This apogee Moon is 406 635 km (252 671 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest apogee of 2023. It is 1 227 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 74 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
9 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 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 21 August 2023 at 16:23 in ♎ Libra.
9 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 12 August 2023 at 07:39 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.981°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.095° in the next southern standstill on 26 August 2023 at 20:22 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.