Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 99% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 6 February 2004 at 08:47.
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 ∠2° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1854" and ∠1945".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2004 after 28 days on 6 March 2004 at 23:14.
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 50 of Meeus index or 1003 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 13 minutes. It is 1 hour and 11 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 31 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 38 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠33.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠59.1°.
6 days after point of apogee on 31 January 2004 at 14:00 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 16 February 2004 at 07:34 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 386 676 km (240 269 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 320 km (228 863 mi).
8 days after ascending node on 29 January 2004 at 22:07 in ♉ Taurus. 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 12 February 2004 at 21:44 in ♏ Scorpio.
8 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
4 days since the previous standstill on 3 February 2004 at 04:10 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.131°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.229° at the point of next southern standstill on 16 February 2004 at 13:51 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 12 days on 20 February 2004 at 09:18 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.