Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1924" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2012 after 15 days on 9 January 2012 at 07:30.
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 18:06 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 148 of Meeus index or 1101 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 33 minutes. It is 1 hour and 22 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 49 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 14 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
The true anomaly is ∠42.1°. At the beginning of the next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠70.8°.
2 days 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 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 2 January 2012 at 20:19 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 372 481 km (231 449 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 580 km (251 394 mi).
1 day after ascending node on 23 December 2011 at 11:36 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 13 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 6 January 2012 at 14:30 in ♊ Gemini.
1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 23 December 2011 at 17:25 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-22.554°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 13 days to face maximum declination of ∠22.539° at the point of next northern standstill on 6 January 2012 at 21:46 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.