Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 4% and growing larger. The 2 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 29 November 2016 at 12:18.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1791" and ∠1946".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2016 after 12 days on 14 December 2016 at 00:06.
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 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 209 of Meeus index or 1162 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 35 minutes. It is 1 hour and 21 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 5 hours and 51 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 12 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠194.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠223.4°.
3 days after point of apogee on 27 November 2016 at 20:08 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 12 December 2016 at 23:27 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 400 238 km (248 696 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 463 km (222 739 mi).
9 days after ascending node on 22 November 2016 at 02:48 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 6 December 2016 at 17:35 in ♓ Pisces.
9 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 19:56 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-18.908°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠18.937° at the point of next standstill in ♊ Gemini on 14 December 2016 at 21:43.
In 12 days on 14 December 2016 at 00:06 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.