Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 95% and getting smaller. The 17 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 27 January 2013 at 04:38.
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 ∠7° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1853" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2013 after 27 days on 25 February 2013 at 20:26.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 161 of Meeus index or 1114 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 36 minutes. It is 55 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 1 hour and 8 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 1 minute longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠23.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠44.2°.
7 days after point of apogee on 22 January 2013 at 10:52 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 7 February 2013 at 12:09 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 386 790 km (240 340 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 365 314 km (226 996 mi).
8 days after descending node on 21 January 2013 at 01:19 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 4 February 2013 at 02:14 in ♏ Scorpio.
21 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
6 days since the previous standstill on 23 January 2013 at 05:12 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.816°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-20.704° at the point of next southern standstill on 6 February 2013 at 00:27 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 11 days on 10 February 2013 at 07:20 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.