The moon phase for Saturday, October 21st, 2023 is the Waning Crescent phase. On this date, the moon is 6.88 days old and 45.38% illuminated with a tilt of 160.536°. The approximate distance from Earth to the moon is 373,668.29 km, and the moon sign is Capricorn.
The Waning Crescent phase occurs when the moon is less than 50% illuminated but has not yet reached 0% illumination, which would be a New Moon. During this part of the moon cycle, the moon is moving closer to the Sun as seen from Earth, and the night side of the moon is facing Earth with a thinning crescent illuminated.
Moon Phase October 21 2023
- Phase Details For – October 21
- Phase: Waxing Crescent
- Illumination: 43%
- Moon Age: 6.70 days
- Moon Angle: 0.54
- Moon Distance: 368,215.89 km
- Sun Angle: 0.54
The shrinking crescent moon will rise around midnight, reach its highest point after sunrise, and set after noon. This phase is best observed 1-2 hours before sunrise and is an excellent time to observe the moon’s surface features. Along the illuminated crescent, you can see the moon’s craters and mountains casting long shadows.
The Waxing Crescent phase, like all moon phases, lasts just over 7 days, with the actual duration varying due to the moon’s elliptical orbit. During this phase, the moon will rise in the east in the mid- to late-afternoon and be high in the eastern sky at sunset.
Assuming clear skies, the Waxing Crescent moon will remain visible throughout most of the night before setting just before sunrise. Interesting fact: The illuminated side of a waning crescent moon always faces eastward, towards the sunrise.
Waxing Crescent 43% illuminated
On October 21, 2023, Saturday, the moon phase is Waxing Crescent. When viewed from Earth, 43% of the moon’s surface is illuminated and increasing. The moon is 7 days old and in the zodiac sign of Capricorn.
Moon Phase: October 21, 2023
On this day, the Moon will be in the Waxing Crescent Phase. It is best seen in the west after sunset when the sun dips below the horizon. This phase follows the New Moon and provides an excellent opportunity to observe the moon’s surface features.
The moon appears close to the sun in the sky and is mostly dark except for the right edge, which becomes brighter as the days progress towards the next phase – the First Quarter, with 50% illumination. For a complete view of the daily moon phases in October 2023, visit the October 2023 Moon Phases Calendar.
Waxing Crescent Phase On October 21, the Waxing Crescent phase has an illumination of 43%. This percentage represents the portion of the Moon that is illuminated by the Sun. The illumination changes continuously and can vary by up to 10% each day.
The Moon’s age on October 21 is 6.7 days, indicating the time since the last New Moon. The lunar cycle, encompassing all 8 Moon phases, takes approximately 29.53 days to complete.