Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 26 July 2012 at 08:56.
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 ∠18° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1890".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2012 after 3 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 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 155 of Meeus index or 1108 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 30 minutes. It is 1 hour and 14 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 1 hour and 14 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 55 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠248.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠283.7°.
Moon is at perigee at 08:30. It is 15 days after previous apogee on 13 July 2012 at 16:47 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 11 days, until point of next apogee on 10 August 2012 at 10:51 in ♉ Taurus.
This perigee Moon is 367 318 km (228 241 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 810 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 3 038 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after ascending node on 28 July 2012 at 10:34 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 11 August 2012 at 00:04 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.
At 12:11 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-21.592°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠21.492° at the point of next standstill in ♊ Gemini on 12 August 2012 at 09:47.
In 3 days on 2 August 2012 at 03:27 in ♒ Aquarius 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.