Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 18 September 2024 at 02:34.
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 ∠2° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2024 after 26 days on 17 October 2024 at 11:26.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°.
1 day after point of perigee on 18 September 2024 at 13:26 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 2 October 2024 at 19:40 in ♎ Libra.
The Moon is 364 720 km (226 627 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 517 km (252 598 mi).
1 day after ascending node on 18 September 2024 at 19:51 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 2 October 2024 at 11:52 in ♎ Libra.
1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
8 days since the previous standstill on 12 September 2024 at 04:51 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.671°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.695° at the point of next northern standstill on 24 September 2024 at 17:04 in ♊ Gemini.
In 12 days on 2 October 2024 at 18:49 in ♎ Libra 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.