Crescent ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 23 August 2008 at 23:50.
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 passing about ∠7° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2008 after 19 days on 15 September 2008 at 09:13.
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 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 perigee at 03:44. It is 15 days after previous apogee on 10 August 2008 at 20:18 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 7 September 2008 at 14:58 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This perigee Moon is 368 693 km (229 095 mi) away from Earth. It is 6 185 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 1 663 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
10 days after ascending node on 16 August 2008 at 10:27 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 29 August 2008 at 10:30 in ♌ Leo.
10 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 25 August 2008 at 13:03 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.596°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.550° at the point of next southern standstill on 8 September 2008 at 06:13 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 4 days on 30 August 2008 at 19:58 in ♍ Virgo 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.