Gibbous ♎ Libra
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 84% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 7 February 2012 at 21:54.
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 ∠10° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1961" and ∠1944".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2012 after 25 days on 8 March 2012 at 09:40.
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 149 of Meeus index or 1102 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 55 minutes. It is 1 hour and 8 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 2 hours and 11 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 52 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠70.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠107.8°.
Moon is at perigee at 18:32. It is 12 days after previous apogee on 30 January 2012 at 17:42 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 16 days, until point of next apogee on 27 February 2012 at 14:01 in ♉ Taurus.
This perigee Moon is 367 920 km (228 615 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 412 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 2 436 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
8 days after descending node on 2 February 2012 at 20:02 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 15 February 2012 at 20:16 in ♐ Sagittarius.
22 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
8 days since the previous standstill on 3 February 2012 at 07:11 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.404°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-22.299° at the point of next southern standstill on 16 February 2012 at 08:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 10 days on 21 February 2012 at 22:35 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.