Gibbous ♊ Gemini
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 ♊ Gemini.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 20 October 2021 at 14:57.
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 ∠14° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1930".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2021 after 25 days on 19 November 2021 at 08:58.
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 269 of Meeus index or 1222 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 9 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2021. It is 19 minutes shorter 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 35 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 34 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠323.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠342.3°.
Moon is at apogee at 15:30. It is 15 days after previous perigee on 8 October 2021 at 17:28 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 5 November 2021 at 22:23 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 405 616 km (252 038 mi) away from Earth. It is 208 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 093 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
1 day after ascending node on 23 October 2021 at 11:47 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 6 November 2021 at 03:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.
1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
12 days since the previous standstill on 12 October 2021 at 09:09 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.204°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.291° at the point of next northern standstill on 26 October 2021 at 16:04 in ♋ Cancer.
In 11 days on 4 November 2021 at 21:15 in ♏ Scorpio 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.