Gibbous ♓ Pisces
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 87% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 5 July 2001 at 15:04.
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 first ∠0° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1887".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2001 after 25 days on 4 August 2001 at 05:56.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 18 of Meeus index or 971 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 47 minutes. It is 36 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 57 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 12 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠324.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠342.5°.
Moon is at apogee at 11:24. It is 15 days after previous perigee on 23 June 2001 at 17:14 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next perigee on 21 July 2001 at 20:44 in ♌ Leo.
This apogee Moon is 405 565 km (252 006 mi) away from Earth. It is 157 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 144 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
4 days after descending node on 5 July 2001 at 00:48 in ♑ Capricorn. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 19 July 2001 at 08:24 in ♋ Cancer.
17 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
3 days since the previous standstill on 5 July 2001 at 12:19 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.413°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠23.418° at the point of next northern standstill on 19 July 2001 at 17:53 in ♋ Cancer.
In 11 days on 20 July 2001 at 19:44 in ♋ Cancer 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.