Gibbous ♈ Aries
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 9 August 2006 at 10:54.
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 ∠2° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1894".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2006 after 26 days on 7 September 2006 at 18:42.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 81 of Meeus index or 1034 from Brown series.
Length of current 81 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 39 minutes. It is 1 hour and 56 minutes shorter than next lunation 82 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 55 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 8 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠131.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠158.8°. 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 10 August 2006 at 18:27 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 August 2006 at 01:23 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 363 552 km (225 901 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 13 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 271 km (252 445 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♓ Pisces at 01:31 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 25 August 2006 at 21:34 in ♍ Virgo.
At 01:31 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
6 days after previous South standstill on 6 August 2006 at 04:11 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.594°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.645° in the next northern standstill on 18 August 2006 at 19:43 in ♊ Gemini.
After 11 days on 23 August 2006 at 19:10 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.