Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 13% and getting smaller. The 26 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 26 January 2011 at 12:57.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1861" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2011 after 18 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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°.
8 days after point of perigee on 22 January 2011 at 00:10 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 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 6 February 2011 at 23:13 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 385 119 km (239 302 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 924 km (252 229 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 18:29 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 14 February 2011 at 08:14 in ♋ Cancer.
At 18:29 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
1 day since the previous standstill on 29 January 2011 at 16:26 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.180°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 13 days to face maximum declination of ∠24.080° at the point of next northern standstill on 13 February 2011 at 09:00 in ♊ Gemini.
In 3 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.