Crescent ♋ Cancer
Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 25% and getting smaller. The 24 days old Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 9 August 2012 at 18:55.
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 ∠20° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1776" and ∠1894".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2012 after 19 days on 31 August 2012 at 13:58.
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 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°.
2 days after point of apogee on 10 August 2012 at 10:51 in ♉ Taurus. 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 23 August 2012 at 19:39 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 403 526 km (250 739 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 731 km (229 740 mi).
1 day after descending node on 11 August 2012 at 00:04 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 24 August 2012 at 11:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.
15 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 09:47 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠21.492°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-21.379° at the point of next standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 25 August 2012 at 18:40.
In 5 days on 17 August 2012 at 15:54 in ♌ Leo 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.