Quarter* ♉ Taurus
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 1 August 2023 at 18:31.
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 first ∠3° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1907" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2023 after 23 days on 31 August 2023 at 01:35.
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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 291 of Meeus index or 1244 from Brown series.
Length of current 291 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 6 minutes. It is 56 minutes shorter than next lunation 292 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 22 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 41 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠155.7°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠179.2°. 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°).
5 days after point of perigee on 2 August 2023 at 05:52 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 16 August 2023 at 11:55 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 375 955 km (233 608 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 635 km (252 671 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♈ Aries at 02:46 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 21 August 2023 at 16:23 in ♎ Libra.
At 02:46 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
8 days after previous South standstill on 30 July 2023 at 11:13 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.924°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.981° in the next northern standstill on 12 August 2023 at 07:39 in ♋ Cancer.
After 8 days on 16 August 2023 at 09:38 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.