Crescent ♊ Gemini
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 9 August 2012 at 18:55.
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 ∠8° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1894".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2012 after 20 days on 31 August 2012 at 13:58.
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 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.
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 will be ∠283.7°. 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 10 August 2012 at 10:51 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 23 August 2012 at 19:39 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 405 008 km (251 660 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 12 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 731 km (229 740 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♊ Gemini at 00:04 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet ascending node on 24 August 2012 at 11:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous South standstill on 29 July 2012 at 12:11 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.592°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.492° in the next northern standstill on 12 August 2012 at 09:47 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 17 August 2012 at 15:54 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.