Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1940".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2012 after 14 days on 28 November 2012 at 14:46.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 22:08 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 159 of Meeus index or 1112 from Brown series.
29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes is the length of new lunation 159. It is 28 minutes shorter than next lunation 160 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 59 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠351.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠6.8°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 10:21, this is 12 days after last apogee on 1 November 2012 at 15:30 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 28 November 2012 at 19:35 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 357 361 km (222 054 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 147 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 995 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♏ Scorpio at 04:37 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 27 November 2012 at 17:05 in ♉ Taurus.
At 04:37 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
12 days after previous North standstill on 2 November 2012 at 08:15 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.920°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.914° in the next southern standstill on 15 November 2012 at 16:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.