Quarter ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 6 days on 30 September 2012 at 03:19.
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 ∠24° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1774" and ∠1920".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2012 after 23 days on 29 October 2012 at 19:50.
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 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 5 October 2012 at 00:43 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 17 October 2012 at 01:02 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 403 956 km (251 007 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 673 km (224 112 mi).
2 days after its descending node on 4 October 2012 at 05:15 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 17 October 2012 at 18:27 in ♏ Scorpio.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 01:40 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠21.024°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-20.964° in its southern standstill point on 19 October 2012 at 06:49 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 9 days on 15 October 2012 at 12:02 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.