Crescent ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 16 September 2023 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 15 September 2023 at 01:40.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1793" and ∠1909".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2023 after 12 days on 29 September 2023 at 09:57.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 293 of Meeus index or 1246 from Brown series.
Length of current 293 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 15 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2023. It is 43 minutes longer than next lunation 294 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 31 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 32 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠202.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠232.5°. 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°).
3 days after point of apogee on 12 September 2023 at 15:42 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 28 September 2023 at 01:05 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 399 830 km (248 443 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 911 km (223 638 mi).
13 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 17 September 2023 at 19:18 in ♎ Libra.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
7 days after previous North standstill on 8 September 2023 at 13:18 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.168°. Next 6 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 12 days on 29 September 2023 at 09:57 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.