Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 92% and growing larger. The 12 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 21 January 2002 at 17:47.
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 first ∠3° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1899" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2002 after 2 days on 28 January 2002 at 22:50.
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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 25 of Meeus index or 978 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 12 minutes. It is 10 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 5 hours and 28 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 35 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠123.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠155.3°.
8 days after point of apogee on 18 January 2002 at 08:50 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 30 January 2002 at 09:02 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 377 402 km (234 507 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 997 km (223 692 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 00:27 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 12 days later on 7 February 2002 at 15:33 in ♐ Sagittarius.
At 00:27 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
13 days since the previous standstill on 12 January 2002 at 15:26 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.240°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠24.270° at the point of next northern standstill on 27 January 2002 at 01:56 in ♋ Cancer.
In 2 days on 28 January 2002 at 22:50 in ♌ Leo 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.