Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 71% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 11 March 2009 at 02:38.
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 ∠1° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1789" and ∠1928".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2009 after 24 days on 9 April 2009 at 14:56.
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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 113 of Meeus index or 1066 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 31 minutes. It is 3 hours and 14 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 1 hour and 47 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 16 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠246.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠282.4°.
8 days after point of perigee on 7 March 2009 at 15:06 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 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 19 March 2009 at 13:16 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 400 751 km (249 015 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 302 km (251 222 mi).
8 days after descending node on 8 March 2009 at 04:05 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 22 March 2009 at 02:12 in ♒ Aquarius.
21 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 4 March 2009 at 21:34 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.987°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-26.896° at the point of next southern standstill on 18 March 2009 at 05:07 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 10 days on 26 March 2009 at 16:06 in ♓ Pisces 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.