Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 2 October 2024 at 18:49.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1811" and ∠1920".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2024 after 9 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 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 306 of Meeus index or 1259 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 58 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2024. It is 24 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 5 hours and 14 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 49 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠179.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠204.3°.
4 days after point of apogee on 2 October 2024 at 19:40 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 17 October 2024 at 00:46 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 395 722 km (245 890 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 173 km (221 937 mi).
5 days after descending node on 2 October 2024 at 11:52 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 16 October 2024 at 07:05 in ♈ Aries.
18 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
12 days since the previous standstill on 24 September 2024 at 17:04 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.695°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-28.684° at the point of next southern standstill on 9 October 2024 at 11:53 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 9 days on 17 October 2024 at 11:26 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.