Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 31 August 2012 at 13:58.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1904".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2012 after 23 days on 30 September 2012 at 03:19.
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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
13 days after point of perigee on 23 August 2012 at 19:39 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 7 September 2012 at 06:00 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 405 310 km (251 848 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 296 km (251 218 mi).
13 days after its ascending node on 24 August 2012 at 11:38 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 7 September 2012 at 02:08 in ♉ Taurus.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 25 August 2012 at 18:40 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.379°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.244° in the next northern standstill on 8 September 2012 at 18:10 in ♊ Gemini.
After 9 days on 16 September 2012 at 02:11 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.