Crescent ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 21 August 2011 at 21:55.
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 first ∠1° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1843" and ∠1898".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2011 after 18 days on 12 September 2011 at 09:27.
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 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°.
5 days after point of apogee on 18 August 2011 at 16:23 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 30 August 2011 at 17:35 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 388 974 km (241 697 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 360 858 km (224 227 mi).
1 day after descending node on 23 August 2011 at 17:23 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 5 September 2011 at 07:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.
15 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 23 August 2011 at 12:17 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠23.149°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠-23.047° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 September 2011 at 05:01 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 4 days on 29 August 2011 at 03:04 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.