Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 19 January 2011 at 21:21.
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 ∠8° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2011 after 26 days on 18 February 2011 at 08:36.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 136 of Meeus index or 1089 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 28 minutes. It is 47 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 44 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 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 ∠103.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠139.2°.
Moon is at perigee at 00:10. It is 11 days after previous apogee on 10 January 2011 at 05:38 in ♓ Pisces. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 15 days, until point of next apogee on 6 February 2011 at 23:13 in ♓ Pisces.
This perigee Moon is 362 793 km (225 429 mi) away from Earth. It is 285 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 7 563 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
4 days after descending node on 18 January 2011 at 00:06 in ♋ Cancer. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 30 January 2011 at 18:29 in ♐ Sagittarius.
18 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
5 days since the previous standstill on 16 January 2011 at 22:51 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.221°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-24.180° at the point of next southern standstill on 29 January 2011 at 16:26 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 11 days on 3 February 2011 at 02:31 in ♒ Aquarius 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.