Crescent ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 18 August 2023 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 16 August 2023 at 09:38.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1776" and ∠1896".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2023 after 12 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 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 292 of Meeus index or 1245 from Brown series.
Length of current 292 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 2 minutes. 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 16 August 2023 at 11:55 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 30 August 2023 at 15:51 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 403 645 km (250 813 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 12 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 182 km (221 943 mi).
11 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 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 21 August 2023 at 16:23 in ♎ Libra.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 12 August 2023 at 07:39 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.981°. Next 8 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.
After 12 days on 31 August 2023 at 01:35 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.