Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 87% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 4 June 2012 at 11:12.
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 leaving the last ∠1° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♒ Aquarius later.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1908" and ∠1890".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2012 after 26 days on 3 July 2012 at 18:52.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 153 of Meeus index or 1106 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 15 minutes. It is 1 hour and 53 minutes longer 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 2 hours and 31 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 32 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠191.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠217.1°.
3 days after point of perigee on 3 June 2012 at 13:19 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 16 June 2012 at 01:24 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 375 720 km (233 462 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 791 km (252 147 mi).
3 days after ascending node on 3 June 2012 at 20:38 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 17 June 2012 at 15:43 in ♉ Taurus.
3 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
2 days since the previous standstill on 4 June 2012 at 17:05 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-21.714°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠21.721° at the point of next northern standstill on 18 June 2012 at 17:37 in ♊ Gemini.
In 12 days on 19 June 2012 at 15:02 in ♊ Gemini 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.