Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 91% and growing larger. The 12 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 27 August 2009 at 11:42.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1902".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2009 after 3 days on 4 September 2009 at 16:03.
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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 119 of Meeus index or 1072 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 43 minutes. It is 2 hours and 6 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 4 hours and 1 minute shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 8 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠20.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠39.3°.
1 day after point of apogee on 31 August 2009 at 11:04 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 14 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 16 September 2009 at 07:55 in ♌ Leo.
The Moon is 405 266 km (251 821 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 14 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 054 km (226 213 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♑ Capricorn at 03:18 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 13 days later on 14 September 2009 at 20:56 in ♋ Cancer.
At 03:18 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
3 days since the previous standstill on 28 August 2009 at 20:17 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.391°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.289° at the point of next northern standstill on 12 September 2009 at 04:36 in ♊ Gemini.
In 3 days on 4 September 2009 at 16:03 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.