Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 99% and getting smaller. The 15 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 7 July 2009 at 09:21.
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 leaving the last ∠2° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♒ Aquarius later.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1887".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2009 after 28 days on 6 August 2009 at 00:55.
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 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 117 of Meeus index or 1070 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 1 minute. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2009. It is 27 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 44 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 25 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠349.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠4.5°.
1 day after point of apogee on 7 July 2009 at 21:39 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 21 July 2009 at 20:16 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 405 298 km (251 841 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 13 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 465 km (222 118 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♑ Capricorn at 15:24 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 13 days later on 22 July 2009 at 03:47 in ♌ Leo.
At 15:24 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
3 days since the previous standstill on 5 July 2009 at 07:34 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.460°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.477° at the point of next northern standstill on 19 July 2009 at 13:01 in ♊ Gemini.
In 13 days on 22 July 2009 at 02:35 in ♋ Cancer 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.