Gibbous ♎ Libra
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 18 February 2011 at 08:36.
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 ∠17° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1941".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2011 after 28 days on 19 March 2011 at 18:10.
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 137 of Meeus index or 1090 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 15 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2011. It is 29 minutes longer 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 5 hours and 31 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 32 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠139.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠167°.
Moon is at perigee at 07:27. It is 12 days after previous apogee on 6 February 2011 at 23:13 in ♓ Pisces. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 14 days, until point of next apogee on 6 March 2011 at 07:50 in ♈ Aries.
This perigee Moon is 358 247 km (222 604 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 261 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 109 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
5 days after descending node on 14 February 2011 at 08:14 in ♋ Cancer. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 26 February 2011 at 20:19 in ♐ Sagittarius.
19 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
6 days since the previous standstill on 13 February 2011 at 09:00 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.080°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-23.985° at the point of next southern standstill on 25 February 2011 at 22:13 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 13 days on 4 March 2011 at 20:46 in ♓ Pisces 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.