Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 94% and getting smaller. The 17 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 3 February 2015 at 23:09.
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 ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1946".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2015 after 27 days on 5 March 2015 at 18:06.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 186 of Meeus index or 1139 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes. It is 45 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 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 59 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠338.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠354.5°.
Moon is at apogee at 06:25. It is 15 days after previous perigee on 21 January 2015 at 20:06 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 19 February 2015 at 07:29 in ♓ Pisces.
This apogee Moon is 406 155 km (252 373 mi) away from Earth. It is 747 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 554 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
12 days after descending node on 25 January 2015 at 10:23 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 8 February 2015 at 17:10 in ♎ Libra.
24 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
6 days since the previous standstill on 31 January 2015 at 00:59 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.513°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.402° at the point of next southern standstill on 14 February 2015 at 17:17 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 12 days on 18 February 2015 at 23:47 in ♒ Aquarius 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.