Crescent ♋ Cancer
Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 12% and getting smaller. The 26 days old Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 25 July 2008 at 18:42.
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 leaving the last ∠3° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1890".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2008 after 18 days on 16 August 2008 at 21:16.
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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 105 of Meeus index or 1058 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 54 minutes. It is 1 hour and 51 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 50 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 19 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠20.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠39.2°.
Moon is at perigee at 23:24. It is 15 days after previous apogee on 14 July 2008 at 04:13 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next apogee on 10 August 2008 at 20:18 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This perigee Moon is 363 887 km (226 109 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 379 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 6 469 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
9 days after ascending node on 20 July 2008 at 03:27 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 2 August 2008 at 01:21 in ♌ Leo.
9 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 06:17 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠27.598°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-27.611° at the point of next standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 11 August 2008 at 22:13.
In 2 days on 1 August 2008 at 10:13 in ♌ Leo the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.