Crescent ♎ Libra
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 3 September 2024 at 01:55.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1904".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2024 after 12 days on 18 September 2024 at 02:34.
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 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 305 of Meeus index or 1258 from Brown series.
Length of current 305 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 54 minutes. It is 1 hour and 4 minutes shorter than next lunation 306 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 10 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 53 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 ∠179.7°. 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 apogee on this date at 14:55, this is 15 days after last perigee on 21 August 2024 at 05:05 in ♓ Pisces. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 18 September 2024 at 13:26 in ♓ Pisces.
This apogee Moon is 406 215 km (252 410 mi) away from Earth. It is 807 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 494 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
Moon is in descending node in ♎ Libra at 05:43 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 18 September 2024 at 19:51 in ♓ Pisces.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous North standstill on 28 August 2024 at 11:09 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.606°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.671° in the next southern standstill on 12 September 2024 at 04:51 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 12 days on 18 September 2024 at 02:34 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.