Gibbous ♓ Pisces
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 ♓ Pisces.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 16 August 2008 at 21:16.
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 ∠15° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1872" and ∠1896".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2008 after 27 days on 15 September 2008 at 09:13.
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 106 of Meeus index or 1059 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 45 minutes. It is 2 hours and 29 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 2 hours and 59 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 10 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠39.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠64.9°.
7 days after point of apogee on 10 August 2008 at 20:18 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 26 August 2008 at 03:44 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 382 913 km (237 931 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 693 km (229 095 mi).
2 days after ascending node on 16 August 2008 at 10:27 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 29 August 2008 at 10:30 in ♌ Leo.
2 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
6 days since the previous standstill on 11 August 2008 at 22:13 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.611°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.596° at the point of next northern standstill on 25 August 2008 at 13:03 in ♊ Gemini.
In 12 days on 30 August 2008 at 19:58 in ♍ Virgo 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.