Gibbous ♎ Libra
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 86% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 8 February 2001 at 07:12.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1925" and ∠1944".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2001 after 26 days on 9 March 2001 at 17:23.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 13 of Meeus index or 966 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 14 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2001. It is 2 hours and 14 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 7 hours and 1 minute longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 33 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠177.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠202.8°.
3 days after point of perigee on 7 February 2001 at 22:19 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 20 February 2001 at 21:38 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 372 284 km (231 327 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 332 km (252 483 mi).
5 days after ascending node on 6 February 2001 at 00:48 in ♋ Cancer. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 7 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 19 February 2001 at 02:52 in ♑ Capricorn.
5 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
5 days since the previous standstill on 5 February 2001 at 19:54 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.604°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-22.648° at the point of next southern standstill on 18 February 2001 at 21:27 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 11 days on 23 February 2001 at 08:21 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.