Crescent ♍ Virgo
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 17 August 2012 at 15:54.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1887" and ∠1896".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2012 after 13 days on 31 August 2012 at 13:58.
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 156 of Meeus index or 1109 from Brown series.
Length of current 156 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 16 minutes. It is 24 minutes longer than next lunation 157 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 41 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠283.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠312.9°. 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°).
8 days 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 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 23 August 2012 at 19:39 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 379 865 km (236 037 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 731 km (229 740 mi).
7 days after its descending node on 11 August 2012 at 00:04 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 August 2012 at 11:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 12 August 2012 at 09:47 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.492°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.379° in the next southern standstill on 25 August 2012 at 18:40 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 13 days on 31 August 2012 at 13:58 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.