Quarter* ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 5 October 2023 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 21 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 6 days on 29 September 2023 at 09:57.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1819" and ∠1919".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2023 after 23 days on 28 October 2023 at 20:24.
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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
7 days after point of perigee on 28 September 2023 at 01:05 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 10 October 2023 at 03:41 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 394 019 km (244 832 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 426 km (251 920 mi).
4 days after its ascending node on 30 September 2023 at 16:49 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 15 October 2023 at 01:11 in ♎ Libra.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 20:31 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠28.294°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2023. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-28.305° in its southern standstill point on 20 October 2023 at 09:19 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 9 days on 14 October 2023 at 17:55 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.