Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 12 October 2023 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2023 | October 2023

Waning Crescent phase
Waning Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Crescent 5% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 5% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 6 October 2023 at 13:48.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1776"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1776" and ∠1923".

Hunter Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2023 after 16 days on 28 October 2023 at 20:24.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 293 / 1246

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 293 of Meeus index or 1246 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.68 days

The length of the 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 the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 31 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 32 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠202.9°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠202.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠232.5°.

Moon after apogee

2 days after point of apogee on 10 October 2023 at 03:41 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 26 October 2023 at 02:53 in ♓ Pisces.

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Distance to Moon 403 576 km

The Moon is 403 576 km (250 771 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 13 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 873 km (226 722 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 30 September 2023 at 16:49 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 15 October 2023 at 01:11 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon after northern standstill

6 days since the previous standstill on 5 October 2023 at 20:31 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.294°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.305° at the point of next southern standstill on 20 October 2023 at 09:19 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 14 October 2023 at 17:55 in ♎ Libra the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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