Moon* ♐ Sagittarius
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 18 December 2011 at 00:48.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1944" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2012 after 16 days on 9 January 2012 at 07:30.
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.
The Moon is 28 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 147 of Meeus index or 1100 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 57 minutes. It is 1 hour and 36 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 47 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 22 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠21.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠42.1°.
1 day after point of perigee on 22 December 2011 at 02:56 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 2 January 2012 at 20:19 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 368 715 km (229 109 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 580 km (251 394 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 11:36 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 6 January 2012 at 14:30 in ♊ Gemini.
At 11:36 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
At 17:25 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-22.554°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠22.539° at the point of next standstill in ♊ Gemini on 6 January 2012 at 21:46.
In 1 day on 24 December 2011 at 18:06 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.