Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 26% and growing larger. The 5 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days 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 passing about ∠10° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1902".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2011 after 9 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 5 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°.
2 days after point of perigee on 30 August 2011 at 17:35 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 15 September 2011 at 06:23 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 364 657 km (226 587 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 068 km (252 319 mi).
9 days after descending node on 23 August 2011 at 17:23 in ♊ Gemini. 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 5 September 2011 at 07:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.
24 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
9 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 2 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 9 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.