Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 73% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 20 September 2021 at 23:55.
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 ∠6° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1914".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2021 after 24 days on 20 October 2021 at 14:57.
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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 268 of Meeus index or 1221 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 14 minutes. It is 5 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 2 hours and 30 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 39 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠297.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠323.3°.
Moon is at apogee at 21:44. It is 15 days after previous perigee on 11 September 2021 at 10:05 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next perigee on 8 October 2021 at 17:28 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 404 641 km (251 432 mi) away from Earth. It is 767 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 068 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 07:33 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 13 days later on 9 October 2021 at 19:35 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 07:33 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
11 days since the previous standstill on 15 September 2021 at 03:48 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.980°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.109° at the point of next northern standstill on 29 September 2021 at 08:26 in ♋ Cancer.
In 9 days on 6 October 2021 at 11:05 in ♎ Libra 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.