Gibbous ♓ Pisces
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 99% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 4 August 2001 at 05:56.
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 ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♓ Pisces later.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2001 after 28 days on 2 September 2001 at 21:43.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°.
Moon is at apogee at 21:05. It is 15 days after previous perigee on 21 July 2001 at 20:44 in ♌ Leo. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 13 days, until point of next perigee on 19 August 2001 at 05:43 in ♌ Leo.
This apogee Moon is 406 268 km (252 443 mi) away from Earth. It is 860 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 441 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
4 days after descending node on 1 August 2001 at 06:21 in ♑ Capricorn. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 15 August 2001 at 17:05 in ♊ Gemini.
17 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
3 days since the previous standstill on 1 August 2001 at 18:05 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.427°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠23.488° at the point of next northern standstill on 16 August 2001 at 03:52 in ♋ Cancer.
In 13 days on 19 August 2001 at 02:55 in ♌ Leo 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.