Crescent ♎ Libra
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 3 September 2024 at 01:55.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1904".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2024 after 12 days on 18 September 2024 at 02:34.
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 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 305 of Meeus index or 1258 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 54 minutes. It is 1 hour and 4 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 4 hours and 10 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 53 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 ∠179.7°.
Moon is at apogee at 14:55. It is 15 days after previous perigee on 21 August 2024 at 05:05 in ♓ Pisces. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 13 days, until point of next perigee on 18 September 2024 at 13:26 in ♓ Pisces.
This apogee Moon is 406 215 km (252 410 mi) away from Earth. It is 807 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 494 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
Moon is in descending node in ♎ Libra at 05:43 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 13 days later on 18 September 2024 at 19:51 in ♓ Pisces.
14 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
8 days since the previous standstill on 28 August 2024 at 11:09 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.606°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.671° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 September 2024 at 04:51 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 12 days on 18 September 2024 at 02:34 in ♓ Pisces 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.