Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 98% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 21 December 2010 at 08:13.
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 ∠15° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1914" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2011 after 28 days on 19 January 2011 at 21:21.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 135 of Meeus index or 1088 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 27 minutes. It is 2 hours and 1 minute 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 43 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 20 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠67°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠103.5°.
9 days after point of apogee on 13 December 2010 at 08:34 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 25 December 2010 at 12:24 in ♌ Leo.
The Moon is 374 418 km (232 653 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 463 km (228 952 mi).
1 day after descending node on 21 December 2010 at 14:08 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 3 January 2011 at 12:48 in ♑ Capricorn.
15 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 20 December 2010 at 12:37 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.238°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-24.242° at the point of next southern standstill on 2 January 2011 at 10:06 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 12 days on 4 January 2011 at 09:03 in ♑ Capricorn 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.