Gibbous ♎ Libra
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 93% and getting smaller. The 17 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 5 February 2023 at 18:29.
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 ∠19° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1798" and ∠1945".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2023 after 27 days on 7 March 2023 at 12:40.
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 285 of Meeus index or 1238 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 13 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2023. It is 4 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 2 hours and 31 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 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 ∠360°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠15.6°.
4 days after point of apogee on 4 February 2023 at 08:55 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 19 February 2023 at 09:06 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 398 747 km (247 770 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 267 km (222 617 mi).
10 days after ascending node on 28 January 2023 at 16:05 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 12 February 2023 at 07:31 in ♏ Scorpio.
10 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
6 days since the previous standstill on 2 February 2023 at 08:18 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.511°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.629° at the point of next southern standstill on 16 February 2023 at 14:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 11 days on 20 February 2023 at 07:06 in ♓ Pisces 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.