Gibbous ♎ Libra
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 93% and getting smaller. The 17 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 27 February 2002 at 09:17.
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 ∠11° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1936".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2002 after 27 days on 28 March 2002 at 18:25.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 26 of Meeus index or 979 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 22 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2002. It is 1 hour and 3 minutes longer 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 38 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 25 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠155.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠180.3°.
1 day after point of perigee on 27 February 2002 at 19:47 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 14 March 2002 at 01:09 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 364 268 km (226 346 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 705 km (252 715 mi).
7 days after ascending node on 22 February 2002 at 06:26 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 6 March 2002 at 16:19 in ♐ Sagittarius.
7 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
6 days since the previous standstill on 23 February 2002 at 11:48 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.418°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-24.510° at the point of next southern standstill on 8 March 2002 at 01:59 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 12 days on 14 March 2002 at 02:03 in ♓ Pisces 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.