Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 16 January 2012 at 09:08.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2012 after 21 days on 7 February 2012 at 21:54.
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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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.
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 New Moon true anomaly is ∠42.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠70.8°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 21:28, this is 15 days after last apogee on 2 January 2012 at 20:19 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 30 January 2012 at 17:42 in ♈ Aries.
This perigee Moon is 369 883 km (229 835 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2012. It is 7 375 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 473 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
10 days after its descending node on 6 January 2012 at 14:30 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 19 January 2012 at 18:26 in ♐ Sagittarius.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 6 January 2012 at 21:46 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.539°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-22.492° in the next southern standstill on 20 January 2012 at 02:12 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 5 days on 23 January 2012 at 07:39 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.