Gibbous ♌ Leo
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 86% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 2 December 2009 at 07:30.
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 ∠3° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♌ Leo later.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2009 after 26 days on 31 December 2009 at 19:13.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 122 of Meeus index or 1075 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 48 minutes. It is 2 hours and 21 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 4 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 59 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠99.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠135.6°.
1 day after point of perigee on 4 December 2009 at 14:12 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 15 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 20 December 2009 at 14:54 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 363 640 km (225 955 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 15 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 731 km (252 110 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♋ Cancer at 03:18 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 13 days later on 18 December 2009 at 16:41 in ♑ Capricorn.
14 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
2 days since the previous standstill on 2 December 2009 at 23:37 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.772°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.769° at the point of next southern standstill on 16 December 2009 at 02:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 11 days on 16 December 2009 at 12:02 in ♐ Sagittarius 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.