Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 16 September 2012 at 02:11.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2012 after 10 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 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 157 of Meeus index or 1110 from Brown series.
Length of current 157 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 52 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2012. It is 13 minutes shorter than next lunation 158 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 52 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 17 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠312.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠334.3°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 02:52, this is 11 days after last apogee on 7 September 2012 at 06:00 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 5 October 2012 at 00:43 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 365 749 km (227 266 mi) away from Earth. It is 3 241 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 4 607 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
12 days after its descending node on 7 September 2012 at 02:08 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 20 September 2012 at 12:54 in ♏ Scorpio.
26 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 8 September 2012 at 18:10 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.244°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.135° in the next southern standstill on 22 September 2012 at 00:11 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 10 days on 30 September 2012 at 03:19 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.