Crescent ♍ Virgo
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 2 August 2016 at 20:45.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1809" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2016 after 12 days on 18 August 2016 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 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 205 of Meeus index or 1158 from Brown series.
Length of current 205 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 19 minutes. It is 2 hours and 49 minutes shorter than next lunation 206 length.
Length of current synodic month is 25 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 44 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠77.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠112.8°. 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°).
9 days after point of perigee on 27 July 2016 at 11:25 in ♉ Taurus. 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 10 August 2016 at 00:05 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 396 143 km (246 152 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 266 km (251 199 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♍ Virgo at 07:48 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 19 August 2016 at 14:14 in ♓ Pisces.
At 07:48 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
5 days after previous North standstill on 31 July 2016 at 04:53 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.529°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.481° in the next southern standstill on 14 August 2016 at 13:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 12 days on 18 August 2016 at 09:27 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.