Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 5 January 2015 at 04:53.
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 ∠6° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2015 after 25 days on 3 February 2015 at 23:09.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°.
Moon is at apogee at 18:17. It is 16 days after previous perigee on 24 December 2014 at 16:43 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next perigee on 21 January 2015 at 20:06 in ♒ Aquarius.
This apogee Moon is 405 411 km (251 911 mi) away from Earth. It is 3 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 298 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
11 days after descending node on 29 December 2014 at 09:27 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 12 January 2015 at 15:33 in ♎ Libra.
23 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
5 days since the previous standstill on 3 January 2015 at 17:53 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.650°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.577° at the point of next southern standstill on 18 January 2015 at 06:17 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 11 days on 20 January 2015 at 13:14 in ♑ Capricorn 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.