Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 21 August 2013 at 01:45.
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 ∠12° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1814" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2013 after 23 days on 19 September 2013 at 11:13.
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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 168 of Meeus index or 1121 from Brown series.
Length of current 168 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 45 minutes. It is 47 minutes longer than next lunation 169 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 1 minute longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 2 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠216.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠249.2°. 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°).
7 days after point of perigee on 19 August 2013 at 01:26 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 30 August 2013 at 23:46 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 395 119 km (245 516 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 883 km (251 583 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♉ Taurus at 08:19 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet ascending node on 9 September 2013 at 17:29 in ♏ Scorpio.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 16 August 2013 at 12:06 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-19.906°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠19.801° in the next northern standstill on 29 August 2013 at 17:03 in ♊ Gemini.
After 9 days on 5 September 2013 at 11:36 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.