Moon* ♋ Cancer
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 97% and growing larger. The 13 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 24 December 2009 at 17:36.
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 about ∠21° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1938" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2009 after 1 day on 31 December 2009 at 19:13.
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 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 123 of Meeus index or 1076 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 9 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2009. It is 31 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 6 hours and 25 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 38 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠135.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠164.3°.
9 days after point of apogee on 20 December 2009 at 14:54 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 1 January 2010 at 20:36 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 369 849 km (229 814 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 684 km (222 876 mi).
11 days after ascending node on 18 December 2009 at 16:41 in ♑ Capricorn. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 1 January 2010 at 12:30 in ♋ Cancer.
11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 10:09 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠25.787°. Over the next 12 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-25.796° at the point of next standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 12 January 2010 at 08:33.
In 1 day on 31 December 2009 at 19:13 in ♋ Cancer 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.