Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 29 October 2012 at 19:50.
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 ∠20° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1934".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2012 after 26 days on 28 November 2012 at 14:46.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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.
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 will be ∠351.3°. 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 1 November 2012 at 15:30 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 14 November 2012 at 10:21 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 404 778 km (251 517 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 361 km (222 054 mi).
2 days after its descending node on 31 October 2012 at 10:36 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 14 November 2012 at 04:37 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 08:15 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠20.920°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2012. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-20.914° in its southern standstill point on 15 November 2012 at 16:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 11 days on 13 November 2012 at 22:08 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.