Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 65% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 17 February 2013 at 20:31.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1941".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2013 after 6 days on 25 February 2013 at 20:26.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 162 of Meeus index or 1115 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 31 minutes. It is 1 hour and 13 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 13 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 56 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠44.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠73.6°.
Moon is at apogee at 06:30. It is 11 days after previous perigee on 7 February 2013 at 12:09 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 14 days, until point of next perigee on 5 March 2013 at 23:20 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This apogee Moon is 404 475 km (251 329 mi) away from Earth. It is 933 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 234 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
2 days after descending node on 17 February 2013 at 02:57 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 3 March 2013 at 02:30 in ♏ Scorpio.
15 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 13:35 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠20.583°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-20.453° at the point of next standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 5 March 2013 at 06:41.
In 6 days on 25 February 2013 at 20:26 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.