Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 95% and growing larger. The 12 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 18 January 2024 at 03:53.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1826" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2024 after 2 days on 25 January 2024 at 17:54.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 297 of Meeus index or 1250 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes. It is 1 hour and 1 minute 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 1 hour and 42 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 27 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠328°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠345.9°.
10 days after point of perigee on 13 January 2024 at 10:35 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 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 29 January 2024 at 08:14 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 392 572 km (243 933 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 781 km (252 141 mi).
5 days after ascending node on 17 January 2024 at 14:05 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 31 January 2024 at 20:17 in ♎ Libra.
5 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 03:44 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠28.203°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2024. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-28.304° at the point of next standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 6 February 2024 at 17:06.
In 2 days on 25 January 2024 at 17:54 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.