Gibbous ♎ Libra
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 70% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 6 days on 14 January 2006 at 09:48.
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 ∠7° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1787" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2006 after 23 days on 13 February 2006 at 04:44.
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 74 of Meeus index or 1027 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 3 minutes. It is 47 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 1 hour and 41 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 28 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠329.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠347.5°.
2 days after point of apogee on 17 January 2006 at 19:07 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 30 January 2006 at 07:47 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 401 013 km (249 178 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 781 km (222 315 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♎ Libra at 12:06 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 12 days later on 2 February 2006 at 08:02 in ♈ Aries.
14 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
7 days since the previous standstill on 12 January 2006 at 13:12 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.410°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.492° at the point of next southern standstill on 27 January 2006 at 00:14 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 9 days on 29 January 2006 at 14:15 in ♒ Aquarius 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.