Gibbous ♓ Pisces
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 18 July 2008 at 07:59.
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 about ∠23° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1837" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2008 after 27 days on 16 August 2008 at 21:16.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 105 of Meeus index or 1058 from Brown series.
Length of current 105 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 54 minutes. It is 1 hour and 51 minutes shorter than next lunation 106 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 50 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 19 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠20.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠39.2°. 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°).
6 days after point of apogee on 14 July 2008 at 04:13 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 29 July 2008 at 23:24 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 390 104 km (242 399 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 887 km (226 109 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♒ Aquarius at 03:27 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 2 August 2008 at 01:21 in ♌ Leo.
At 03:27 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
4 days after previous South standstill on 15 July 2008 at 15:03 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.566°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.598° in the next northern standstill on 29 July 2008 at 06:17 in ♊ Gemini.
After 11 days on 1 August 2008 at 10:13 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.