Quarter* ♑ Capricorn
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 61% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 6 days on 8 April 2001 at 03:22.
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 ∠12° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1785" and ∠1913".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2001 after 23 days on 7 May 2001 at 13:53.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 15 of Meeus index or 968 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 5 minutes. It is 2 hours and 45 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 1 hour and 21 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 42 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠232.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠267.3°.
9 days after point of perigee on 5 April 2001 at 10:04 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 17 April 2001 at 06:06 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 401 487 km (249 472 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 501 km (251 345 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♑ Capricorn at 06:52 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 13 days later on 28 April 2001 at 09:43 in ♋ Cancer.
13 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
At 11:36 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-23.123°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠23.248° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 28 April 2001 at 16:18.
In 9 days on 23 April 2001 at 15:26 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.