Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 92% and growing larger. The 12 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 1 January 2012 at 06:15.
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.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1793" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2012 after 2 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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is 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.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠42.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠70.8°.
3 days after point of apogee on 2 January 2012 at 20:19 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 17 January 2012 at 21:28 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 399 837 km (248 447 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 883 km (229 835 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♊ Gemini at 14:30 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 13 days later on 19 January 2012 at 18:26 in ♐ Sagittarius.
14 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 21:46 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠22.539°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2012. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-22.492° at the point of next standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 20 January 2012 at 02:12.
In 2 days on 9 January 2012 at 07:30 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.