Crescent ♉ Taurus
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 11 July 2012 at 01:48.
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 ∠18° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2012 after 19 days on 2 August 2012 at 03:27.
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 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 154 of Meeus index or 1107 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 22 minutes. It is 1 hour and 52 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 38 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 25 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠217.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠248.7°.
Moon is at apogee at 16:47. It is 11 days after previous perigee on 1 July 2012 at 18:01 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 15 days, until point of next perigee on 29 July 2012 at 08:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This apogee Moon is 404 783 km (251 520 mi) away from Earth. It is 625 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 926 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
12 days after ascending node on 1 July 2012 at 05:45 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 14 July 2012 at 20:55 in ♉ Taurus.
12 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 2 July 2012 at 03:33 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-21.701°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠21.665° at the point of next northern standstill on 16 July 2012 at 01:18 in ♊ Gemini.
In 5 days on 19 July 2012 at 04:24 in ♋ Cancer 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.