Gibbous ♈ Aries
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 87% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 9 August 2006 at 10:54.
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 first ∠2° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1894".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2006 after 26 days on 7 September 2006 at 18:42.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 81 of Meeus index or 1034 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 39 minutes. It is 1 hour and 56 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 1 hour and 55 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 8 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠131.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠158.8°.
1 day after point of perigee on 10 August 2006 at 18:27 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 13 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 26 August 2006 at 01:23 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 363 552 km (225 901 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 13 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 271 km (252 445 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♓ Pisces at 01:31 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 13 days later on 25 August 2006 at 21:34 in ♍ Virgo.
At 01:31 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
6 days since the previous standstill on 6 August 2006 at 04:11 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.594°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.645° at the point of next northern standstill on 18 August 2006 at 19:43 in ♊ Gemini.
In 11 days on 23 August 2006 at 19:10 in ♌ Leo 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.