Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 89% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 24 January 2016 at 01:46.
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 ∠16° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1783" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2016 after 26 days on 22 February 2016 at 18:20.
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 198 of Meeus index or 1151 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 8 minutes. It is 1 hour and 52 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 24 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 39 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠292.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠319.8°.
12 days after point of perigee on 15 January 2016 at 02:10 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 2 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 30 January 2016 at 09:10 in ♎ Libra.
The Moon is 402 090 km (249 847 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 553 km (251 378 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♍ Virgo at 23:58 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 10 February 2016 at 20:46 in ♓ Pisces.
At 23:58 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
5 days since the previous standstill on 21 January 2016 at 16:41 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.375°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.303° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 February 2016 at 04:34 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 12 days on 8 February 2016 at 14:39 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.