Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 72% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 21 March 2008 at 18:40.
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 ∠11° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1922".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2008 after 23 days on 20 April 2008 at 10:25.
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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 101 of Meeus index or 1054 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 41 minutes. It is 2 hours and 18 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 3 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 6 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠310.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠332.7°.
1 day after point of apogee on 26 March 2008 at 20:13 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 7 April 2008 at 19:28 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 405 042 km (251 681 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 361 083 km (224 367 mi).
8 days after descending node on 19 March 2008 at 02:53 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 2 April 2008 at 15:18 in ♒ Aquarius.
21 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
13 days since the previous standstill on 14 March 2008 at 11:33 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.985°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-27.898° at the point of next southern standstill on 28 March 2008 at 16:00 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 9 days on 6 April 2008 at 03:55 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.