Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 23% and growing larger.
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 13 December 2012 at 08:42.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.42% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1903" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December after 10 days on 28 December 2012 at 10:21.
Moon is passing about ∠22° of Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
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 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 160 of Meeus index or 1113 from Brown series.
Length of current 160 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes. It is 34 minutes shorter than next lunation 161.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 42 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 27 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠6.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠23.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months increases since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
4 days after point of perigee on 12 December 2012 at 23:14, lunar orbit gets wider while the Moon moves outward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 8 days until it gets to the point of apogee on 25 December 2012 at 21:19.
Moon is 376 589 km (234 001 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous perigee point before 4 days, distance is 357 074 km (221 875 mi). Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 406 101 km (252 339 mi).
5 days after its ascending node on 11 December 2012 at 15:57, the Moon follows the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 December 2012 at 22:27.
5 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of current draconic month.
4 days after previous South standstill on 13 December 2012 at 03:48, when Moon reaches southern declination of ∠-20.926°, lunar orbit moves northward for the next 9 days to face North declination of ∠20.927° in the next northern standstill on 26 December 2012 at 21:24.
After 10 days the Moon is in Full Moon opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy on 28 December 2012 at 10:21.