Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 98% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 30 September 2012 at 03:19.
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 ∠24° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1789" and ∠1917".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2012 after 28 days on 29 October 2012 at 19:50.
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 157 of Meeus index or 1110 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 52 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2012. It is 13 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 2 hours and 52 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 17 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠312.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠334.3°.
12 days after point of perigee on 19 September 2012 at 02:52 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 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 5 October 2012 at 00:43 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is 400 629 km (248 939 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 162 km (251 756 mi).
10 days after ascending node on 20 September 2012 at 12:54 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 4 October 2012 at 05:15 in ♉ Taurus.
10 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 22 September 2012 at 00:11 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-21.135°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠21.024° at the point of next northern standstill on 6 October 2012 at 01:40 in ♊ Gemini.
In 14 days on 15 October 2012 at 12:02 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.