Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 78% and growing larger. The 10 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 12 August 2024 at 15:19.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.
Lunar disc appears visually 2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1857" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2024 after 4 days on 19 August 2024 at 18:26.
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 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 304 of Meeus index or 1257 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 43 minutes. It is 2 hours and 11 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 1 hour and 58 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 4 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠127.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠155.7°.
6 days after point of apogee on 9 August 2024 at 01:32 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 21 August 2024 at 05:05 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 386 061 km (239 887 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 360 199 km (223 817 mi).
6 days after descending node on 9 August 2024 at 01:06 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 22 August 2024 at 10:27 in ♈ Aries.
20 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 20:10 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-28.546°. Over the next 12 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠28.606° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 28 August 2024 at 11:09.
In 4 days on 19 August 2024 at 18:26 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.