Crescent ♎ Libra
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 15 September 2023 at 01:40.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1793" and ∠1909".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2023 after 12 days on 29 September 2023 at 09:57.
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 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 293 of Meeus index or 1246 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 15 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2023. 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 3 hours and 31 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 32 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠202.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠232.5°.
3 days after point of apogee on 12 September 2023 at 15:42 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 28 September 2023 at 01:05 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 399 830 km (248 443 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 911 km (223 638 mi).
13 days after ascending node on 3 September 2023 at 07:44 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 17 September 2023 at 19:18 in ♎ Libra.
13 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
7 days since the previous standstill on 8 September 2023 at 13:18 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.168°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.254° at the point of next southern standstill on 23 September 2023 at 03:42 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 12 days on 29 September 2023 at 09:57 in ♈ Aries 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.