Crescent ♎ Libra
Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 3% and growing larger. The 2 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 29 August 2011 at 03:04.
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 ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♎ Libra later.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2011 after 12 days on 12 September 2011 at 09:27.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 144 of Meeus index or 1097 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 5 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2011. It is 42 minutes shorter 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 39 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 30 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠333.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠350.1°.
Moon is at perigee at 17:35. It is 12 days after previous apogee on 18 August 2011 at 16:23 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 15 days, until point of next apogee on 15 September 2011 at 06:23 in ♈ Aries.
This perigee Moon is 360 858 km (224 227 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 650 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 9 498 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
6 days after descending node on 23 August 2011 at 17:23 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 5 September 2011 at 07:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.
21 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 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 5 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 12 days on 12 September 2011 at 09:27 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.