Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 85% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 12 September 2011 at 09:27.
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 ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1773" and ∠1909".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2011 after 25 days on 12 October 2011 at 02:06.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 144 of Meeus index or 1097 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 5 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2011. It is 42 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 39 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 30 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠333.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠350.1°.
1 day after point of apogee on 15 September 2011 at 06:23 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 28 September 2011 at 01:01 in ♎ Libra.
The Moon is 404 354 km (251 254 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 556 km (222 175 mi).
11 days after ascending node on 5 September 2011 at 07:36 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 19 September 2011 at 19:38 in ♊ Gemini.
11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 5 September 2011 at 05:01 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.047°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠22.890° at the point of next northern standstill on 19 September 2011 at 20:05 in ♊ Gemini.
In 10 days on 27 September 2011 at 11:09 in ♎ Libra 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.