Moon* ♋ Cancer
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 7 days on 20 December 2012 at 05:19.
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December after 1 day on 28 December 2012 at 10:21.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.69% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1951".
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 14 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 25 December 2012 at 21:19, lunar orbit gets closer while the Moon moves inward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 13 days until it gets to the point of perigee on 10 January 2013 at 10:26.
Moon is 404 775 km (251 516 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous apogee point before 1 day, distance is 406 101 km (252 339 mi). Moon moves closer next 13 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 360 048 km (223 723 mi).
2 days after its descending node on 24 December 2012 at 22:27, the Moon follows the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 7 January 2013 at 23:50.
15 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of current draconic month.
1 day after previous North standstill on 26 December 2012 at 21:24, when Moon reaches northern declination of ∠20.927°, lunar orbit moves southward for the next 13 days to face South declination of ∠-20.879° in the next southern standstill on 9 January 2013 at 15:22.
After 1 day 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.