Gibbous ♓ Pisces
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 62% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 20 November 2023 at 10:50 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1943".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2023 after 5 days on 27 November 2023 at 09:16.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 295 of Meeus index or 1248 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 5 minutes. It is 1 hour and 40 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°).
The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 21 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 42 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠269.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠303.6°.
Moon is at perigee at 21:03. It is 14 days after previous apogee on 6 November 2023 at 21:49 in ♌ Leo. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 13 days, until point of next apogee on 4 December 2023 at 18:42 in ♍ Virgo.
This perigee Moon is 369 824 km (229 798 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2023. It is 7 316 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 532 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
10 days after descending node on 11 November 2023 at 08:49 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 24 November 2023 at 11:02 in ♈ Aries.
24 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
4 days since the previous standstill on 16 November 2023 at 14:45 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.238°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.191° at the point of next northern standstill on 29 November 2023 at 14:08 in ♊ Gemini.
In 5 days on 27 November 2023 at 09:16 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.