Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 16 August 2010 at 18:14.
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 ∠16° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1851" and ∠1896".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2010 after 6 days on 24 August 2010 at 17:05.
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 131 of Meeus index or 1084 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 22 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2010. It is 53 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 5 hours and 22 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 47 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠349.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠4.6°.
7 days after point of perigee on 10 August 2010 at 17:56 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 25 August 2010 at 05:51 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 387 328 km (240 674 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 390 km (252 519 mi).
10 days after descending node on 7 August 2010 at 17:24 in ♋ Cancer. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 20 August 2010 at 12:13 in ♑ Capricorn.
25 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 17:07 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-24.929°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠24.807° at the point of next standstill in ♊ Gemini on 2 September 2010 at 11:20.
In 6 days on 24 August 2010 at 17:05 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.