Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 97% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 30 November 2001 at 20:49.
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 ∠1° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1904" and ∠1946".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2001 after 27 days on 30 December 2001 at 10:41.
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 23 of Meeus index or 976 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 7 minutes. It is 2 hours and 34 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 23 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 40 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠53.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠86.2°.
8 days after point of apogee on 23 November 2001 at 15:46 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 6 December 2001 at 22:48 in ♌ Leo.
The Moon is 376 427 km (233 901 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 370 114 km (229 978 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 05:30 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 12 days later on 15 December 2001 at 04:32 in ♐ Sagittarius.
At 05:30 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
13 days since the previous standstill on 18 November 2001 at 22:30 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.211°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠24.246° at the point of next northern standstill on 3 December 2001 at 06:54 in ♋ Cancer.
In 12 days on 14 December 2001 at 20:48 in ♐ Sagittarius 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.