Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 68% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 21 August 2013 at 01:45.
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 ∠12° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1814" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2013 after 23 days on 19 September 2013 at 11:13.
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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 168 of Meeus index or 1121 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 45 minutes. It is 47 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 1 hour and 1 minute longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 2 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠216.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠249.2°.
7 days after point of perigee on 19 August 2013 at 01:26 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 30 August 2013 at 23:46 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 395 119 km (245 516 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 883 km (251 583 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♉ Taurus at 08:19 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 14 days later on 9 September 2013 at 17:29 in ♏ Scorpio.
12 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 16 August 2013 at 12:06 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-19.906°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠19.801° at the point of next northern standstill on 29 August 2013 at 17:03 in ♊ Gemini.
In 9 days on 5 September 2013 at 11:36 in ♍ Virgo 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.