Gibbous ♌ Leo
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 87% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♌ Leo.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 12 December 2019 at 05:12.
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 ∠5° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1935" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2020 after 26 days on 10 January 2020 at 19:21.
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 246 of Meeus index or 1199 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 8 minutes. It is 2 hours and 21 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 1 hour and 23 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 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 ∠50.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠82.6°.
10 days after point of apogee on 5 December 2019 at 04:09 in ♓ Pisces. 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 18 December 2019 at 20:30 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 370 409 km (230 161 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 370 260 km (230 069 mi).
1 day after ascending node on 13 December 2019 at 14:15 in ♋ Cancer. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 26 December 2019 at 13:01 in ♑ Capricorn.
1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 13 December 2019 at 20:57 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠23.226°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠-23.227° at the point of next southern standstill on 26 December 2019 at 20:11 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 10 days on 26 December 2019 at 05:13 in ♑ Capricorn 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.