Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
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 ♏ Scorpio.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 30 March 2010 at 02:25.
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 ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♐ Sagittarius later.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1860" and ∠1919".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2010 after 26 days on 28 April 2010 at 12:18.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 126 of Meeus index or 1079 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 28 minutes. It is 2 hours and 53 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 44 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 19 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠215.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠247.4°.
5 days after point of perigee on 28 March 2010 at 04:56 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 9 April 2010 at 02:45 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 385 349 km (239 445 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 999 km (251 655 mi).
8 days after descending node on 24 March 2010 at 13:05 in ♋ Cancer. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 6 April 2010 at 09:45 in ♑ Capricorn.
23 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 22 March 2010 at 12:15 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.420°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-25.311° at the point of next southern standstill on 4 April 2010 at 05:23 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 12 days on 14 April 2010 at 12:29 in ♈ Aries 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.