Moon* ♐ Sagittarius
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 6 December 2012 at 15:32.
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 ∠9° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2012 after 15 days on 28 December 2012 at 10:21.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 28 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 159 of Meeus index or 1112 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes. It is 28 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 59 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠351.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠6.8°.
Moon is at perigee at 23:14. It is 14 days after previous apogee on 28 November 2012 at 19:35 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 13 days, until point of next apogee on 25 December 2012 at 21:19 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 357 074 km (221 875 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 434 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 13 282 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after ascending node on 11 December 2012 at 15:57 in ♏ Scorpio. 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 24 December 2012 at 22:27 in ♉ Taurus.
1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
12 days since the previous standstill on 29 November 2012 at 14:33 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.924°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-20.926° at the point of next southern standstill on 13 December 2012 at 03:48 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 1 day on 13 December 2012 at 08:42 in ♐ Sagittarius 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.