Quarter ♎ Libra
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 69% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 30 December 2001 at 10:41.
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 ∠22° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2002 after 24 days on 28 January 2002 at 22:50.
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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 24 of Meeus index or 977 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 41 minutes. It is 1 hour and 31 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 3 hours and 57 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 6 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠86.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠123.9°.
2 days after point of perigee on 2 January 2002 at 07:13 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 13 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 18 January 2002 at 08:50 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 363 411 km (225 813 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 13 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 503 km (251 968 mi).
5 days after ascending node on 29 December 2001 at 14:51 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 11 January 2002 at 11:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.
5 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
4 days since the previous standstill on 30 December 2001 at 15:40 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.244°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-24.240° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 January 2002 at 15:26 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 9 days on 13 January 2002 at 13:29 in ♑ Capricorn 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.