Crescent ♎ Libra
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 30 July 2011 at 18:40.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1961" and ∠1891".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2011 after 11 days on 13 August 2011 at 18:58.
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 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 143 of Meeus index or 1096 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 24 minutes. It is 19 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 20 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 49 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠312.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠333.4°.
Moon is at perigee at 20:59. It is 11 days after previous apogee on 21 July 2011 at 22:46 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 16 days, until point of next apogee on 18 August 2011 at 16:23 in ♈ Aries.
This perigee Moon is 365 756 km (227 270 mi) away from Earth. It is 3 248 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 4 600 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
5 days after descending node on 27 July 2011 at 12:03 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 9 August 2011 at 06:35 in ♐ Sagittarius.
20 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
6 days since the previous standstill on 27 July 2011 at 03:02 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠23.333°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-23.270° at the point of next southern standstill on 8 August 2011 at 23:15 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 11 days on 13 August 2011 at 18:58 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.