Crescent ♍ Virgo
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 2 August 2016 at 20:45.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1809" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2016 after 12 days on 18 August 2016 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 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 205 of Meeus index or 1158 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 19 minutes. It is 2 hours and 49 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 25 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 44 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠77.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠112.8°.
9 days after point of perigee on 27 July 2016 at 11:25 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 10 August 2016 at 00:05 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 396 143 km (246 152 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 266 km (251 199 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♍ Virgo at 07:48 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 19 August 2016 at 14:14 in ♓ Pisces.
At 07:48 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
5 days since the previous standstill on 31 July 2016 at 04:53 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.529°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.481° at the point of next southern standstill on 14 August 2016 at 13:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 12 days on 18 August 2016 at 09:27 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.