Gibbous ♎ Libra
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 83% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 22 January 2008 at 13:35.
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 ∠24° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1815" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2008 after 25 days on 21 February 2008 at 03:31.
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 99 of Meeus index or 1052 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 7 minutes. It is 2 hours and 37 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 3 hours and 23 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 40 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠242.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠280°.
7 days after point of perigee on 19 January 2008 at 08:39 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 31 January 2008 at 04:26 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 394 807 km (245 322 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 532 km (251 365 mi).
2 days after descending node on 24 January 2008 at 10:49 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 7 February 2008 at 21:39 in ♒ Aquarius.
14 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
6 days since the previous standstill on 19 January 2008 at 23:29 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.985°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.025° at the point of next southern standstill on 2 February 2008 at 23:33 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 11 days on 7 February 2008 at 03:44 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.