Gibbous ♓ Pisces
Moon phase on 31 August 2023 Thursday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Pisces.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 ∠14° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1901".
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 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 30 August 2023 at 15:51 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 12 September 2023 at 15:42 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 364 197 km (226 302 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 289 km (252 456 mi).
9 days after its descending node on 21 August 2023 at 16:23 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 3 September 2023 at 07:44 in ♈ Aries.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
4 days after previous South standstill on 26 August 2023 at 20:22 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.095°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.168° in the next northern standstill on 8 September 2023 at 13:18 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.