Gibbous ♌ Leo
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 3 December 2017 at 15:47.
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 ∠25° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2018 after 26 days on 2 January 2018 at 02:24.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 221 of Meeus index or 1174 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 48 minutes. It is 59 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 6 hours and 4 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 59 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠147°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠173.3°.
2 days after point of perigee on 4 December 2017 at 08:42 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 19 December 2017 at 01:27 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 364 548 km (226 520 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 605 km (252 653 mi).
11 days after descending node on 25 November 2017 at 08:22 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 8 December 2017 at 00:39 in ♌ Leo.
25 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 5 December 2017 at 11:43 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.015°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-20.062° at the point of next southern standstill on 19 December 2017 at 09:31 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 11 days on 18 December 2017 at 06:31 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.