Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 72% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 26 December 2004 at 15:06.
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 ∠15° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1816" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2005 after 23 days on 25 January 2005 at 10:32.
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 61 of Meeus index or 1014 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2005. It is 9 minutes longer 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 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 59 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠345.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠1.4°.
4 days after point of apogee on 27 December 2004 at 19:15 in ♋ Cancer. 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 10 January 2005 at 10:07 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 394 775 km (245 302 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 572 km (221 564 mi).
11 days after ascending node on 21 December 2004 at 06:51 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 4 January 2005 at 21:52 in ♎ Libra.
11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
5 days since the previous standstill on 26 December 2004 at 14:10 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.905°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.938° at the point of next southern standstill on 9 January 2005 at 11:17 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 9 days on 10 January 2005 at 12:03 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.