Gibbous ♓ Pisces
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 86% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♓ Pisces.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 19 July 2016 at 22:57.
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 ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1934" and ∠1889".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2016 after 25 days on 18 August 2016 at 09:27.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 204 of Meeus index or 1157 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 44 minutes. It is 2 hours and 35 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 1 minute shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 9 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠48.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠77.9°.
10 days after point of apogee on 13 July 2016 at 05:24 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 27 July 2016 at 11:25 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 370 615 km (230 289 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 659 km (229 695 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♓ Pisces at 07:49 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 12 days later on 5 August 2016 at 07:48 in ♍ Virgo.
14 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
5 days since the previous standstill on 18 July 2016 at 03:41 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.569°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.529° at the point of next northern standstill on 31 July 2016 at 04:53 in ♋ Cancer.
In 10 days on 2 August 2016 at 20:45 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.