Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 24 February 2011 at 23:26.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1873" and ∠1938".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2011 after 21 days on 19 March 2011 at 18:10.
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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°.
7 days after point of perigee on 19 February 2011 at 07:27 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 March 2011 at 07:50 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 382 735 km (237 821 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 584 km (252 640 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 20:19 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 13 March 2011 at 11:55 in ♊ Gemini.
At 20:19 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
1 day since the previous standstill on 25 February 2011 at 22:13 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.985°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 14 days to face maximum declination of ∠23.825° at the point of next northern standstill on 12 March 2011 at 17:06 in ♊ Gemini.
In 6 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.