Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days 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 ∠23° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1773" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2018 after 12 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 2 days 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°.
1 day after point of apogee on 19 December 2017 at 01:27 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 1 January 2018 at 21:54 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 404 378 km (251 269 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 566 km (221 560 mi).
12 days after ascending node on 8 December 2017 at 00:39 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 22 December 2017 at 10:04 in ♒ Aquarius.
12 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 19 December 2017 at 09:31 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-20.062°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠20.055° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 January 2018 at 00:01 in ♋ Cancer.
In 12 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.