Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 24 December 2011 at 18:06.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January after 14 days on 9 January 2012 at 07:30.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.55% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1902" and ∠1951".
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.
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 148 of Meeus index or 1101 from Brown series.
Length of current 148 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 33 minutes. It is 1 hour and 22 minutes shorter than next lunation 149.
Length of current synodic month is 49 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 14 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠42.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠70.8°. The length of upcoming synodic months increases since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
3 days after point of perigee on 22 December 2011 at 02:56, lunar orbit gets wider while the Moon moves outward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 8 days until it gets to the point of apogee on 2 January 2012 at 20:19.
Moon is 376 896 km (234 192 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous perigee point before 3 days, distance is 364 801 km (226 677 mi). Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 404 580 km (251 394 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 23 December 2011 at 11:36, the Moon follows the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 6 January 2012 at 14:30.
2 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of current draconic month.
1 day after previous South standstill on 23 December 2011 at 17:25, when Moon reaches southern declination of ∠-22.554°, lunar orbit moves northward for the next 12 days to face North declination of ∠22.539° in the next northern standstill on 6 January 2012 at 21:46.
After 14 days the Moon is in Full Moon opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy on 9 January 2012 at 07:30.