Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 84% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 31 August 2023 at 01:35.
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 ∠2° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♉ Taurus later.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1920" and ∠1902".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2023 after 25 days on 29 September 2023 at 09:57.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 292 of Meeus index or 1245 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 2 minutes. It is 13 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 3 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 45 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠179.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠202.9°.
3 days after point of perigee on 30 August 2023 at 15:51 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 12 September 2023 at 15:42 in ♌ Leo.
The Moon is 373 350 km (231 989 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 289 km (252 456 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♈ Aries at 07:44 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 17 September 2023 at 19:18 in ♎ Libra.
At 07:44 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
7 days since the previous standstill on 26 August 2023 at 20:22 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.095°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.168° at the point of next northern standstill on 8 September 2023 at 13:18 in ♊ Gemini.
In 11 days on 15 September 2023 at 01:40 in ♍ Virgo 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.