Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 73% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 9 March 2001 at 17:23.
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 leaving the last ∠3° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♐ Sagittarius later.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1846" and ∠1930".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2001 after 24 days on 8 April 2001 at 03:22.
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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 14 of Meeus index or 967 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 1 minute. It is 2 hours and 55 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 4 hours and 16 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 47 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠202.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠232.3°.
6 days after point of perigee on 8 March 2001 at 08:55 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 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 20 March 2001 at 11:25 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 388 199 km (241 216 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 473 km (251 949 mi).
9 days after ascending node on 5 March 2001 at 07:23 in ♋ Cancer. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 18 March 2001 at 04:58 in ♑ Capricorn.
9 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 5 March 2001 at 04:32 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.756°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-22.857° at the point of next southern standstill on 18 March 2001 at 03:47 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 10 days on 25 March 2001 at 01:21 in ♈ Aries 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.