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 ♉ Taurus.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 18 October 2013 at 23:38.
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 ∠15° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1818" and ∠1927".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2013 after 28 days on 17 November 2013 at 15:16.
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 170 of Meeus index or 1123 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 15 minutes. It is 43 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 29 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 40 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠285.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠315°.
9 days after point of perigee on 10 October 2013 at 23:06 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 25 October 2013 at 14:25 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 394 245 km (244 972 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 561 km (251 383 mi).
1 day after descending node on 19 October 2013 at 21:47 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 13 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 3 November 2013 at 06:52 in ♏ Scorpio.
13 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 9 October 2013 at 23:52 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-19.537°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠19.509° at the point of next northern standstill on 23 October 2013 at 09:13 in ♊ Gemini.
In 14 days on 3 November 2013 at 12:50 in ♏ Scorpio 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.