Gibbous ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 26 October 2023 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 22 October 2023 at 03:29.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1960" and ∠1930".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2023 after 2 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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 294 of Meeus index or 1247 from Brown series.
Length of current 294 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 32 minutes. It is 1 hour and 27 minutes longer than next lunation 295 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 48 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 15 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠232.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠269.5°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 02:53, this is 15 days after last apogee on 10 October 2023 at 03:41 in ♌ Leo. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 6 November 2023 at 21:49 in ♌ Leo.
This perigee Moon is 364 873 km (226 722 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 365 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 5 483 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
11 days after its descending node on 15 October 2023 at 01:11 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 October 2023 at 03:14 in ♈ Aries.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
6 days after previous South standstill on 20 October 2023 at 09:19 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.305°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.288° in the next northern standstill on 2 November 2023 at 05:12 in ♋ Cancer.
After 2 days on 28 October 2023 at 20:24 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.