Crescent ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 23 August 2008 at 23:50.
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 ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2008 after 19 days on 15 September 2008 at 09:13.
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 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 106 of Meeus index or 1059 from Brown series.
Length of current 106 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 45 minutes. It is 2 hours and 29 minutes shorter than next lunation 107 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 59 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 10 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠39.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠64.9°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 03:44, this is 15 days after last apogee on 10 August 2008 at 20:18 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 7 September 2008 at 14:58 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This perigee Moon is 368 693 km (229 095 mi) away from Earth. It is 6 185 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 1 663 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
10 days after its ascending node on 16 August 2008 at 10:27 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 29 August 2008 at 10:30 in ♌ Leo.
10 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 25 August 2008 at 13:03 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.596°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.550° in the next southern standstill on 8 September 2008 at 06:13 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 4 days on 30 August 2008 at 19:58 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.