Crescent ♊ Gemini
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 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 first ∠0° 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 18 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 25 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°.
1 day after point of apogee on 13 July 2012 at 16:47 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 14 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 29 July 2012 at 08:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 405 333 km (251 862 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 14 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 318 km (228 241 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♉ Taurus at 20:55 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 13 days later on 28 July 2012 at 10:34 in ♐ Sagittarius.
13 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
12 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 day to face maximum declination of ∠21.665° at the point of next northern standstill on 16 July 2012 at 01:18 in ♊ Gemini.
In 4 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.