Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 26 July 2012 at 08:56.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August after 3 days on 2 August 2012 at 03:27.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.85% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1890".
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.
Moon is 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 155 of Meeus index or 1108 from Brown series.
Length of current 155 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 30 minutes. It is 1 hour and 14 minutes longer than next lunation 156.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 14 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 55 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠248.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠283.7°. The length of upcoming synodic months decreases since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0°or∠360°).
Moon reaches point of perigee at 10:51 on this date, 15 days after apogee on 29 July 2012 at 08:30. Lunar orbit starts getting wider, while the Moon moves outward the Earth 11 days ahead until next apogee on 10 August 2012 at 10:51.
This perigee Moon is 367 318 km (228 241 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 810 km closer than mean perigee distance, but it is still 3 038 km farther than the closest for 21st century.
1 day after its ascending node on 28 July 2012 at 10:34, 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 11 August 2012 at 00:04.
1 day after its beginning, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of current draconic month.
At 12:11 on this date Moon meets its South standstill point and reaches southern declination of ∠-21.592°. Next 13 days lunar orbit moves northward in opposite direction to face North declination of ∠21.492° in its northern standstill point on 12 August 2012 at 09:47.
After 3 days the Moon is in Full Moon opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy on 2 August 2012 at 03:27.