Crescent ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 21 August 2011 at 21:55.
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 ∠18° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1821" and ∠1898".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2011 after 19 days on 12 September 2011 at 09:27.
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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 143 of Meeus index or 1096 from Brown series.
Length of current 143 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 24 minutes. It is 19 minutes longer than next lunation 144 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 20 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 49 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠312.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠333.4°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
4 days after point of apogee on 18 August 2011 at 16:23 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 30 August 2011 at 17:35 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 393 546 km (244 538 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 858 km (224 227 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♊ Gemini at 17:23 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet ascending node on 5 September 2011 at 07:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 12:17 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠23.149°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-23.047° in its southern standstill point on 5 September 2011 at 05:01 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 5 days on 29 August 2011 at 03:04 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.