Crescent ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 12 September 2023 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 6 September 2023 at 22:21.
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 ∠21° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1907".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2023 after 16 days on 29 September 2023 at 09:57.
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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 15:42, this is 12 days after last perigee on 30 August 2023 at 15:51 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 28 September 2023 at 01:05 in ♓ Pisces.
This apogee Moon is 406 289 km (252 456 mi) away from Earth. It is 881 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 420 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
9 days after its ascending node on 3 September 2023 at 07:44 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 17 September 2023 at 19:18 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.
3 days after previous North standstill on 8 September 2023 at 13:18 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.168°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.254° in the next southern standstill on 23 September 2023 at 03:42 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 2 days on 15 September 2023 at 01:40 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.