Gibbous ♓ Pisces
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 ♓ Pisces.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 31 July 2015 at 10:43.
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 ∠8° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1891".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2015 after 27 days on 29 August 2015 at 18:35.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 192 of Meeus index or 1145 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 29 minutes. It is 2 hours and 19 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 45 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 18 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠112.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠144.1°.
Moon is at perigee at 10:11. It is 11 days after previous apogee on 21 July 2015 at 11:02 in ♍ Virgo. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 15 days, until point of next apogee on 18 August 2015 at 02:33 in ♎ Libra.
This perigee Moon is 362 135 km (225 020 mi) away from Earth. It is 373 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 8 221 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
11 days after ascending node on 21 July 2015 at 19:32 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 4 August 2015 at 02:53 in ♈ Aries.
11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
4 days since the previous standstill on 28 July 2015 at 17:34 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.344°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.288° at the point of next northern standstill on 10 August 2015 at 11:11 in ♊ Gemini.
In 12 days on 14 August 2015 at 14:54 in ♌ Leo 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.