Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 15 October 2012 at 12:02.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October after 13 days on 29 October 2012 at 19:50.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1962" and ∠1925".
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.
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 158 of Meeus index or 1111 from Brown series.
Length of current 158 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 5 minutes. It is 29 minutes shorter than next lunation 159.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 39 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 30 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠334.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠351.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months decreases since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0°or∠360°).
11 days after point of apogee on 5 October 2012 at 00:43, lunar orbit gets closer while the Moon moves inward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 1 day until it gets to the point of perigee on 17 October 2012 at 01:02.
Moon is 365 272 km (226 969 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous apogee point before 11 days, distance is 405 162 km (251 756 mi). Moon moves closer next 1 day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 360 673 km (224 112 mi).
12 days after its descending node on 4 October 2012 at 05:15, the Moon follows the southern part of its orbit for the next 1 day untill it crosses the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 17 October 2012 at 18:27.
25 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of current draconic month.
10 days after previous North standstill on 6 October 2012 at 01:40, when Moon reaches northern declination of ∠21.024°, lunar orbit moves southward for the next 2 days to face South declination of ∠-20.964° in the next southern standstill on 19 October 2012 at 06:49.
After 13 days the Moon is in Full Moon opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy on 29 October 2012 at 19:50.