Crescent ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 20 May 2012 at 23:47.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1781" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2012 after 12 days on 4 June 2012 at 11:12.
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.
The 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 153 of Meeus index or 1106 from Brown series.
Length of current 153 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 15 minutes. It is 1 hour and 53 minutes longer than next lunation 154 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 31 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 32 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠191.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠217.1°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
2 days after point of apogee on 19 May 2012 at 16:13 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 3 June 2012 at 13:19 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 402 356 km (250 012 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 12 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 483 km (222 751 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 21 May 2012 at 09:21 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 3 June 2012 at 20:38 in ♏ Scorpio.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 11:13 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠21.709°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-21.714° in its southern standstill point on 4 June 2012 at 17:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 12 days on 4 June 2012 at 11:12 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.