Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 93% and growing larger. The 12 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 27 July 2001 at 10:08.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1801" and ∠1891".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2001 after 2 days on 4 August 2001 at 05:56.
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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 19 of Meeus index or 972 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 11 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2001. It is 21 minutes shorter 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 5 hours and 33 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 36 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠342.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠358.1°.
10 days after point of perigee on 21 July 2001 at 20:44 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 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 5 August 2001 at 21:05 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 397 905 km (247 247 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 268 km (252 443 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♑ Capricorn at 06:21 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 14 days later on 15 August 2001 at 17:05 in ♊ Gemini.
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 18:05 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-23.427°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠23.488° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 16 August 2001 at 03:52.
In 2 days on 4 August 2001 at 05:56 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.