What is the Moon phase for today 30 January 2023? – The current moon phase for January 30th, 2023 is the First Quarter. In this article, you will find more information about today’s moon phase 30 January 2023 such as illumination, the approximate distance from the Earth to the moon, and what is the moon sign and more.
What is the Moon Phase 30 January 2023?
Today the Moon will be in a First Quarter phase. This phase is easily viewable just before the sunrise in the western sky. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing little bit smaller each day until the New Moon. During this part of the Moon cycle, the Moon is getting very closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated today.
It can also be a great time to see the all these features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the moon’s illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a binoculars.
Moon Phase 30th January 2023 – Waxing Gibbous Phase
Moon Phase: January 30, 2023
Today the Moon will be in a Waxing Gibbous phase. Visible through most of the night-sky setting a few hours before sunrise. This phase is when the moon is more than 50% percentage illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. The phase lasts about 7 -days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon.
During a Waxing Gibbous the moon rises in the east in mid afternoon and is high in the eastern sky at sunset. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has its roots in the Latin word “gibbosus” meaning humpbacked.
Phase Details For – January 30, 2023
- Phase: Waxing Gibbous
- Illumination: 68%
- Moon Age: 9.13 days
- Moon Angle: 0.51
- Moon Distance: 393,928.29 km
- Sun Angle: 0.54
- Sun Distance: 147,376,398.47 km
30 January 2023 Waxing Gibbous Phase
The Waxing Gibbous on January 30 has an illumination of 68% percentage. This is the percentage of the Moon illuminated by the Sun. The illumination is constantly changing and can vary up to 10% percentage a day.
On January 30 the Moon is 9.13 -days old. This refers to how many days it has been since the last New Moon. It takes 29.53 –days for the Moon to orbit the Earth and go through the lunar cycle of all 8 Moon phases.
Moon phase and lunation details
1 day after First Quarter
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 28 January 2023 at 15:19.
Moonrise and moonset
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 entering ♊ Gemini
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Apparent angular diameter ∠1820″
Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% percentage narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1820″ and ∠1948″.
Snow Moon after 6 days
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2023 after 6 days on 5th February 2023 at 18:29.
Upcoming main Moon phases
- Full Moon in Leo ♌ after 6 days on 5 February 2023 at 18:29
- Last Quarter in Scorpio ♏ after 14 days on 13 February 2023 at 16:01
- New Moon in Pisces ♓ after 20 days on 20 February 2023 at 07:06
- First Quarter in Gemini ♊ after 27 days on 27 February 2023 at 08:06
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.
For more information on the Moon-Cycle and on each moon phase check-out Wikipedia Lunar Phase page.
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