Moon Phase October 20 2023: The moon phase for Friday, October 20th, 2023 is a waning crescent. This phase occurs when the moon is less than 50% illuminated but has not yet reached 0% illumination (which would be a new moon).
During the waning crescent phase, the moon is moving closer to the sun as viewed from Earth. The night side of the moon is facing Earth, and the crescent of illumination is getting thinner.
Moon Phase October 20 2023
- Moon Phase Details – Oct 20th, 2023
- Phase: Waning Crescent
- Moon age: 5.83 days
- Moon illumination: 34.1%
- Moon tilt: 168.312°
- Moon angle: 0.53
- Moon distance: 377,127.84 km
- Moon sign: Capricorn
The waning crescent moon will rise around midnight, cross the meridian after sunrise, and set after noon. The best time to observe this phase is 1-2 hours before sunrise. During this time, you can see the craters and mountains on the moon’s surface, as they cast long shadows along the illuminated crescent.
The waxing gibbous phase, like all moon phases, will last for just over 7 days. The exact length may vary due to the moon’s elliptical orbit.
During the waxing gibbous phase, the moon will rise in the east in the mid- to late-afternoon and will be high in the eastern sky at sunset. It will remain visible through most of the night before setting just before sunrise. A fun fact about the waning crescent moon is that its illuminated side is always pointed eastwards, towards the sunrise.
Moon Phase October 20th 2023
On October 20, 2023, the moon phase will be a 32% illuminated waxing crescent. This means that 32% of the moon’s surface will be illuminated by the sun, and this illumination will continue to grow larger. The moon will be 6 days old and in the zodiac sign of Capricorn.
October 20, 2023, the moon will be in a waxing crescent phase. It will be best visible in the west after the sun sets below the horizon. This phase occurs after the new moon and is a great time to observe the features of the moon’s surface.
The moon will be close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark, except for the right edge, which will become brighter as the days progress towards the next phase, the first quarter, with a 50% illumination. To see all the daily moon phases for October 2023, you can visit the October 2023 Moon Phases Calendar.
On October 20, the waxing crescent phase will have an illumination of 32%. This refers to the percentage of the moon’s surface that is illuminated by the sun. The illumination is constantly changing and can vary up to 10% per day.
For more information on the Moon-Cycle and on each moon phase check-out Wikipedia Lunar Phase.
The moon on October 20 will be 5.66 days old, indicating how many days have passed since the last new moon. It takes 29.53 days for the moon to orbit the Earth and complete all 8 phases of the lunar cycle.