Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 78% and getting smaller. The 19 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 9 April 2009 at 14:56.
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 ∠21° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1774" and ∠1913".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2009 after 24 days on 9 May 2009 at 04:01.
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 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 114 of Meeus index or 1067 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 17 minutes. It is 2 hours and 29 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 27 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 42 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠282.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠311.7°.
12 days after point of perigee on 2 April 2009 at 02:31 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 day, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 16 April 2009 at 09:15 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 403 992 km (251 029 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 232 km (251 178 mi).
10 days after descending node on 4 April 2009 at 07:22 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 18 April 2009 at 05:19 in ♒ Aquarius.
23 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 13:02 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-26.665°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠26.567° at the point of next standstill in ♊ Gemini on 28 April 2009 at 08:50.
In 10 days on 25 April 2009 at 03:23 in ♉ Taurus 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.