Gibbous ♈ Aries
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 96% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 29 August 2015 at 18:35.
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 first ∠2° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2015 after 27 days on 28 September 2015 at 02:50.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 193 of Meeus index or 1146 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 48 minutes. It is 1 hour and 36 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 3 hours and 4 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 59 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠144.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠169.3°.
1 day after point of perigee on 30 August 2015 at 15:24 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 14 September 2015 at 11:28 in ♎ Libra.
The Moon is 363 302 km (225 745 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 13 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 466 km (252 566 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♈ Aries at 10:16 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 13 days later on 14 September 2015 at 04:38 in ♎ Libra.
13 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
6 days since the previous standstill on 25 August 2015 at 03:44 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.206°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.163° at the point of next northern standstill on 6 September 2015 at 17:06 in ♊ Gemini.
In 12 days on 13 September 2015 at 06:41 in ♍ Virgo 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.