Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 16 January 2012 at 09:08.
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 ∠10° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1953" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2012 after 19 days on 7 February 2012 at 21:54.
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.
The Moon is 25 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°.
1 day after point of perigee on 17 January 2012 at 21:28 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 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 30 January 2012 at 17:42 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 367 021 km (228 056 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 325 km (251 236 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 18:26 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 2 February 2012 at 20:02 in ♊ Gemini.
At 18:26 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
12 days since the previous standstill on 6 January 2012 at 21:46 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.539°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-22.492° at the point of next southern standstill on 20 January 2012 at 02:12 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 3 days on 23 January 2012 at 07:39 in ♒ Aquarius 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.