Crescent ♍ Virgo
Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 27% and getting smaller. The 24 days old Moon is in ♌ Leo.
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 11 October 2009 at 08:56.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1924".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2009 after 20 days on 2 November 2009 at 19:14.
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 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 120 of Meeus index or 1073 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 49 minutes. It is 2 hours and 52 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 1 hour and 55 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 14 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠39.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠65.2°.
Moon is at perigee at 12:28. It is 15 days after previous apogee on 28 September 2009 at 03:33 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next apogee on 25 October 2009 at 23:18 in ♑ Capricorn.
This perigee Moon is 369 068 km (229 328 mi) away from Earth. It is 6 560 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 1 288 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after descending node on 11 October 2009 at 23:01 in ♋ Cancer. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 25 October 2009 at 08:52 in ♑ Capricorn.
15 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
4 days since the previous standstill on 9 October 2009 at 09:49 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.057°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.951° at the point of next southern standstill on 22 October 2009 at 12:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 4 days on 18 October 2009 at 05:33 in ♎ Libra 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.