Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 18 December 2017 at 06:31.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2018 after 13 days on 2 January 2018 at 02:24.
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 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 222 of Meeus index or 1175 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 47 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2017. It is 59 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 7 hours and 3 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length and it is the longest synodic month length of 21st century.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠173.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠198.1°.
Moon is at apogee at 01:27. It is 14 days after previous perigee on 4 December 2017 at 08:42 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 13 days, until point of next perigee on 1 January 2018 at 21:54 in ♋ Cancer.
This apogee Moon is 406 605 km (252 653 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest apogee of 2017. It is 1 197 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 104 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
11 days after ascending node on 8 December 2017 at 00:39 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 22 December 2017 at 10:04 in ♒ Aquarius.
11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 09:31 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-20.062°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2017. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠20.055° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 2 January 2018 at 00:01.
In 13 days on 2 January 2018 at 02:24 in ♋ Cancer 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.