Gibbous ♌ Leo
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 74% and getting smaller. The 19 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 2 November 2009 at 19:14.
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 ∠17° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1937".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2009 after 24 days on 2 December 2009 at 07:30.
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 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 121 of Meeus index or 1074 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 41 minutes. It is 3 hours and 7 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 57 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 6 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠65.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠99.9°.
Moon is at perigee at 07:30. It is 12 days after previous apogee on 25 October 2009 at 23:18 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 15 days, until point of next apogee on 22 November 2009 at 20:07 in ♒ Aquarius.
This perigee Moon is 368 900 km (229 224 mi) away from Earth. It is 6 392 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 1 456 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in descending node in ♋ Cancer at 23:25 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 13 days later on 21 November 2009 at 11:34 in ♑ Capricorn.
13 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 5 November 2009 at 15:31 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.856°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.795° at the point of next southern standstill on 18 November 2009 at 19:53 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 9 days on 16 November 2009 at 19:14 in ♏ Scorpio 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.