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 5 days on 15 October 2012 at 12:02.
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October after 8 days on 29 October 2012 at 19:50.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.71% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1942" and ∠1928".
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.
Moon is 7 days 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°).
4 days after point of perigee on 17 October 2012 at 01:02, lunar orbit gets wider while the Moon moves outward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 11 days until it gets to the point of apogee on 1 November 2012 at 15:30.
Moon is 369 120 km (229 361 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous perigee point before 4 days, distance is 360 673 km (224 112 mi). Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 406 050 km (252 308 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 17 October 2012 at 18:27, the Moon follows the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 31 October 2012 at 10:36.
3 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of current draconic month.
2 days after previous South standstill on 19 October 2012 at 06:49, when Moon reaches southern declination of ∠-20.964°, lunar orbit moves northward for the next 11 days to face North declination of ∠20.920° in the next northern standstill on 2 November 2012 at 08:15.
After 8 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.