Gibbous ♈ Aries
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 31 August 2012 at 13:58.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1796" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2012 after 26 days on 30 September 2012 at 03:19.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 156 of Meeus index or 1109 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 16 minutes. It is 24 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 2 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 41 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠283.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠312.9°.
10 days after point of perigee on 23 August 2012 at 19:39 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 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 7 September 2012 at 06:00 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is 399 206 km (248 055 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 296 km (251 218 mi).
10 days after ascending node on 24 August 2012 at 11:38 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 7 September 2012 at 02:08 in ♉ Taurus.
10 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
8 days since the previous standstill on 25 August 2012 at 18:40 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-21.379°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠21.244° at the point of next northern standstill on 8 September 2012 at 18:10 in ♊ Gemini.
In 12 days on 16 September 2012 at 02:11 in ♍ Virgo 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.