Quarter* ♉ Taurus
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 1 August 2023 at 18:31.
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 first ∠3° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1907" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2023 after 23 days on 31 August 2023 at 01:35.
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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 291 of Meeus index or 1244 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 6 minutes. It is 56 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 2 hours and 22 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 41 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠155.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠179.2°.
5 days after point of perigee on 2 August 2023 at 05:52 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 16 August 2023 at 11:55 in ♌ Leo.
The Moon is 375 955 km (233 608 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 635 km (252 671 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♈ Aries at 02:46 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 21 August 2023 at 16:23 in ♎ Libra.
At 02:46 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
8 days since the previous standstill on 30 July 2023 at 11:13 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.924°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.981° at the point of next northern standstill on 12 August 2023 at 07:39 in ♋ Cancer.
In 8 days on 16 August 2023 at 09:38 in ♌ Leo 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.