Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 73% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 14 February 2014 at 23:53.
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 ∠5° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1880" and ∠1940".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2014 after 24 days on 16 March 2014 at 17:09.
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 174 of Meeus index or 1127 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 21 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2014. It is 24 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 2 hours and 23 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 46 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠8.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠25.1°.
8 days after point of apogee on 12 February 2014 at 05:09 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 27 February 2014 at 19:52 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 381 326 km (236 945 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 360 439 km (223 966 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♎ Libra at 03:28 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 12 days later on 4 March 2014 at 17:45 in ♈ Aries.
At 03:28 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
10 days since the previous standstill on 9 February 2014 at 15:21 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.306°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-19.175° at the point of next southern standstill on 24 February 2014 at 01:24 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 8 days on 1 March 2014 at 08:00 in ♓ Pisces 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.