Our Moon orbits around the Sun with the Earth and from our perspective on the Earth the Moon appears to circle around the Earth, however in reality the Moon orbits the Sun together with the Earth.
This month the 28.92 day old waning crescent Moon reaches perigee for the second time this month, Thursday 30 January, at 9:52 UT (3:52 am CST). At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 27.99 Earth diameters (356,774 km or 221, 664 miles) from the Earth.
The Moon reaches the new phase about 11 hours later at 21:39 UT (3:39 pm CST).
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.