Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 78% and growing larger. The 10 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 28 December 2014 at 18:31.
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 ∠14° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1904" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2015 after 4 days on 5 January 2015 at 04:53.
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 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 185 of Meeus index or 1138 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 38 minutes. It is 1 hour and 4 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 6 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 3 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠318°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠338.3°.
6 days after point of perigee on 24 December 2014 at 16:43 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 9 January 2015 at 18:17 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 376 474 km (233 930 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 411 km (251 911 mi).
2 days after descending node on 29 December 2014 at 09:27 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 12 January 2015 at 15:33 in ♎ Libra.
14 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 21 December 2014 at 18:25 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.665°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.650° at the point of next northern standstill on 3 January 2015 at 17:53 in ♊ Gemini.
In 4 days on 5 January 2015 at 04:53 in ♋ Cancer 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.