Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 89% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 14 March 2006 at 23:35.
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 ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1818" and ∠1928".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2006 after 26 days on 13 April 2006 at 16:40.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 76 of Meeus index or 1029 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 44 minutes. It is 15 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 3 hours shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 9 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠2.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠19°.
5 days after point of apogee on 13 March 2006 at 01:44 in ♍ Virgo. 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 28 March 2006 at 07:13 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 394 187 km (244 936 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 170 km (223 178 mi).
2 days after descending node on 15 March 2006 at 19:52 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 29 March 2006 at 03:31 in ♈ Aries.
16 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 8 March 2006 at 00:05 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.694°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.725° at the point of next southern standstill on 22 March 2006 at 16:53 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 10 days on 29 March 2006 at 10:15 in ♈ Aries 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.