Gibbous ♌ Leo
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 89% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♌ Leo.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 12 December 2008 at 16:37.
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 ∠3° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1955" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2009 after 26 days on 11 January 2009 at 03:27.
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 110 of Meeus index or 1063 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 28 minutes. It is 5 minutes shorter 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 6 hours and 44 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 19 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠161.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠186.6°.
2 days after point of perigee on 12 December 2008 at 21:37 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 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 26 December 2008 at 17:50 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 366 710 km (227 863 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 602 km (252 651 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♌ Leo at 23:02 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 14 days later on 30 December 2008 at 07:40 in ♒ Aquarius.
12 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
2 days since the previous standstill on 12 December 2008 at 18:39 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.024°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.026° at the point of next southern standstill on 26 December 2008 at 08:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 12 days on 27 December 2008 at 12:23 in ♑ Capricorn 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.