Gibbous ♌ Leo
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 ♌ Leo.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 11 January 2009 at 03:27.
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 ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1949" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2009 after 28 days on 9 February 2009 at 14:49.
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 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 2009. 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°.
2 days after point of perigee on 10 January 2009 at 10:52 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 23 January 2009 at 00:11 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 367 740 km (228 503 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 116 km (252 349 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♌ Leo at 08:34 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 14 days later on 26 January 2009 at 13:27 in ♒ Aquarius.
13 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
3 days since the previous standstill on 9 January 2009 at 05:38 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.060°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.081° at the point of next southern standstill on 22 January 2009 at 14:02 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 13 days on 26 January 2009 at 07:55 in ♒ Aquarius 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.