Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 14% and growing larger. The 4 days young Moon is in ♎ Libra.
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 30 August 2008 at 19:58.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♏ Scorpio later.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1805" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2008 after 11 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 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 107 of Meeus index or 1060 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes. It is 2 hours and 48 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 30 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 39 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠64.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠98.7°.
8 days after point of perigee on 26 August 2008 at 03:44 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 7 September 2008 at 14:58 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 397 147 km (246 776 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 210 km (251 164 mi).
5 days after descending node on 29 August 2008 at 10:30 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 12 September 2008 at 18:24 in ♒ Aquarius.
18 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
8 days 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 4 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 11 days on 15 September 2008 at 09:13 in ♓ Pisces 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.