Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 97% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 18 June 2008 at 17:30.
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 ∠19° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1792" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2008 after 27 days on 18 July 2008 at 07:59.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 104 of Meeus index or 1057 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 6 hours and 56 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2008. It is 58 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 5 hours and 48 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 21 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠4.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠20.1°.
3 days after point of apogee on 16 June 2008 at 17:33 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 1 July 2008 at 21:22 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is 399 970 km (248 530 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 513 km (223 391 mi).
12 days after descending node on 8 June 2008 at 09:15 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 22 June 2008 at 23:17 in ♒ Aquarius.
24 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
2 days since the previous standstill on 18 June 2008 at 09:08 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.510°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.541° at the point of next northern standstill on 1 July 2008 at 21:36 in ♊ Gemini.
In 12 days on 3 July 2008 at 02:19 in ♋ Cancer 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.