Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 84% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 16 February 2003 at 23:51.
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 ∠19° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1940".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2003 after 25 days on 18 March 2003 at 10:34.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 38 of Meeus index or 991 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 47 minutes. It is 57 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 3 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠90.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠127.8°.
1 day after point of perigee on 19 February 2003 at 16:19 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 15 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 7 March 2003 at 16:34 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 363 785 km (226 046 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 15 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 383 km (251 893 mi).
9 days after ascending node on 10 February 2003 at 17:39 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 23 February 2003 at 15:47 in ♏ Scorpio.
9 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
7 days since the previous standstill on 13 February 2003 at 10:59 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.923°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.015° at the point of next southern standstill on 26 February 2003 at 05:53 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 10 days on 3 March 2003 at 02:35 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.