Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 65% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 8 August 2008 at 20:20.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1893".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2008 after 6 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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 106 of Meeus index or 1059 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 45 minutes. It is 2 hours and 29 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 2 hours and 59 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 10 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠39.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠64.9°.
Moon is at apogee at 20:18. It is 11 days after previous perigee on 29 July 2008 at 23:24 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 15 days, until point of next perigee on 26 August 2008 at 03:44 in ♋ Cancer.
This apogee Moon is 404 558 km (251 381 mi) away from Earth. It is 850 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 151 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
8 days after descending node on 2 August 2008 at 01:21 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 16 August 2008 at 10:27 in ♒ Aquarius.
21 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
12 days since the previous standstill on 29 July 2008 at 06:17 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.598°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-27.611° at the point of next southern standstill on 11 August 2008 at 22:13 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 6 days on 16 August 2008 at 21:16 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.