Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 88% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 9 March 2031 at 04:30.
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 first ∠3° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1921" and ∠1931".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2031 after 26 days on 7 April 2031 at 17:21.
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 385 of Meeus index or 1338 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 1 minute. It is 1 hour and 8 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 44 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 25 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠41.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠70.3°.
9 days after point of apogee on 2 March 2031 at 18:57 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 17 March 2031 at 18:58 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 373 172 km (231 878 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 634 km (229 680 mi).
12 days after descending node on 28 February 2031 at 11:02 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 14 March 2031 at 11:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.
25 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 1 March 2031 at 20:54 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠21.491°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-21.353° at the point of next southern standstill on 15 March 2031 at 19:06 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 10 days on 23 March 2031 at 03:49 in ♈ Aries 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.