Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 19 September 2013 at 11:13.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1826" and ∠1912".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2013 after 26 days on 18 October 2013 at 23:38.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 169 of Meeus index or 1122 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 58 minutes. It is 43 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 14 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 49 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠249.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠285.3°.
6 days after point of perigee on 15 September 2013 at 16:34 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 27 September 2013 at 18:17 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 392 461 km (243 864 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 309 km (251 226 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♉ Taurus at 13:48 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 14 days later on 6 October 2013 at 22:08 in ♏ Scorpio.
12 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 12 September 2013 at 18:30 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-19.685°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠19.599° at the point of next northern standstill on 26 September 2013 at 01:03 in ♊ Gemini.
In 12 days on 5 October 2013 at 00:35 in ♎ Libra 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.