Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 97% and growing larger. The 13 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 17 January 2005 at 06:58.
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 about ∠12° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2005 after 1 day on 25 January 2005 at 10:32.
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 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 62 of Meeus index or 1015 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 25 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2005. It is 17 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 2 hours and 19 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 50 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠1.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠17.1°.
Moon is at apogee at 18:54. It is 13 days after previous perigee on 10 January 2005 at 10:07 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 15 days, until point of next perigee on 7 February 2005 at 22:09 in ♑ Capricorn.
This apogee Moon is 406 444 km (252 553 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 036 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 265 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
6 days after ascending node on 17 January 2005 at 07:32 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 31 January 2005 at 22:49 in ♎ Libra.
6 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 22 January 2005 at 19:22 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.973°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 13 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.071° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 February 2005 at 21:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 1 day on 25 January 2005 at 10:32 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.