Crescent ♍ Virgo
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 23 September 2016 at 09:56.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1829" and ∠1915".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2016 after 17 days on 16 October 2016 at 04:23.
There is low ocean tide today. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 206 of Meeus index or 1159 from Brown series.
Length of current 206 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 8 minutes. It is 2 hours and 19 minutes shorter than next lunation 207 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 24 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 39 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠112.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠144.6°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
9 days after point of perigee on 18 September 2016 at 17:00 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 4 October 2016 at 11:02 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 391 932 km (243 535 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 100 km (252 339 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♍ Virgo at 22:06 today, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 13 October 2016 at 09:43 in ♓ Pisces.
At 22:06 today the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
4 days after previous North standstill on 23 September 2016 at 16:44 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.475°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.546° in the next southern standstill on 8 October 2016 at 06:03 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 2 days on 1 October 2016 at 00:12 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.