Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 8% and growing larger. The 3 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 27 December 2008 at 12:23.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1793" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2009 after 11 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 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 111 of Meeus index or 1064 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 33 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2008. It is 1 hour and 53 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 6 hours and 49 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 14 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠186.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠213.2°.
3 days after point of apogee on 26 December 2008 at 17:50 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 January 2009 at 10:52 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 399 688 km (248 355 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 501 km (222 141 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♒ Aquarius at 07:40 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 12 days later on 12 January 2009 at 08:34 in ♌ Leo.
At 07:40 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
4 days since the previous standstill on 26 December 2008 at 08:03 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.026°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.060° at the point of next northern standstill on 9 January 2009 at 05:38 in ♊ Gemini.
In 11 days on 11 January 2009 at 03:27 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.