Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 88% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 7 June 2009 at 18:12.
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 ∠2° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1890".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2009 after 25 days on 7 July 2009 at 09:21.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 116 of Meeus index or 1069 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 24 minutes. It is 24 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 5 hours and 20 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 49 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠332.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠349.4°.
1 day after point of apogee on 10 June 2009 at 16:04 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 23 June 2009 at 10:39 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 404 891 km (251 588 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 018 km (222 462 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♒ Aquarius at 10:15 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 13 days later on 24 June 2009 at 17:24 in ♋ Cancer.
At 10:15 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
3 days since the previous standstill on 8 June 2009 at 02:03 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.429°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.446° at the point of next northern standstill on 22 June 2009 at 02:48 in ♊ Gemini.
In 11 days on 22 June 2009 at 19:35 in ♊ Gemini 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.