Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 88% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 23 October 2010 at 01:36.
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 ∠13° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1869" and ∠1930".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2010 after 26 days on 21 November 2010 at 17:27.
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 133 of Meeus index or 1086 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 7 minutes. It is 2 hours and 37 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 2 hours and 37 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 32 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠20.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠39.7°.
7 days after point of apogee on 18 October 2010 at 18:18 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 3 November 2010 at 17:22 in ♎ Libra.
The Moon is 383 576 km (238 343 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 189 km (226 297 mi).
12 days after ascending node on 13 October 2010 at 15:36 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 28 October 2010 at 03:15 in ♋ Cancer.
12 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 22:36 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠24.337°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-24.281° at the point of next standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 8 November 2010 at 16:59.
In 10 days on 6 November 2010 at 04:52 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.