Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 97% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 18 September 2005 at 02:01.
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 ∠16° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1922" and ∠1910".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2005 after 28 days on 17 October 2005 at 12:14.
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 70 of Meeus index or 1023 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 42 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2005. It is 45 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 2 hours and 58 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 5 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠205.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠236.1°.
2 days after point of perigee on 16 September 2005 at 13:58 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 28 September 2005 at 15:20 in ♌ Leo.
The Moon is 372 931 km (231 729 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 307 km (251 846 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♈ Aries at 08:09 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 3 October 2005 at 16:51 in ♎ Libra.
At 08:09 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
7 days since the previous standstill on 12 September 2005 at 10:54 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.556°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.594° at the point of next northern standstill on 25 September 2005 at 06:42 in ♋ Cancer.
In 13 days on 3 October 2005 at 10:28 in ♎ Libra 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.