Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 94% and getting smaller. The 17 days old Moon is in ♌ Leo.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 17 January 2022 at 23:49.
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 leaving the last ∠1° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♍ Virgo later.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1831" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2022 after 27 days on 16 February 2022 at 16:57.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 272 of Meeus index or 1225 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 13 minutes. It is 36 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 32 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 38 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠13.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠32°.
6 days after point of apogee on 14 January 2022 at 09:27 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 30 January 2022 at 07:09 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 391 497 km (243 265 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 250 km (225 092 mi).
7 days after ascending node on 13 January 2022 at 04:19 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 27 January 2022 at 06:14 in ♏ Scorpio.
7 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
4 days since the previous standstill on 16 January 2022 at 10:16 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.310°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.369° at the point of next southern standstill on 29 January 2022 at 23:26 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 11 days on 1 February 2022 at 05:46 in ♒ Aquarius 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.