Quarter* ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 16 April 2018 at 01:57.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1909".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2018 after 8 days on 30 April 2018 at 00:58.
There is low ocean tide today. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 6 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 226 of Meeus index or 1179 from Brown series.
Length of current 226 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 51 minutes. It is 1 hour and 56 minutes longer than next lunation 227 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 53 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 16 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠296.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠321.7°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
1 day after point of perigee on 20 April 2018 at 14:44 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 14 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 6 May 2018 at 00:35 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 363 401 km (225 807 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 14 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 458 km (251 319 mi).
11 days after its descending node on 10 April 2018 at 08:09 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 23 April 2018 at 12:19 in ♌ Leo.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 07:38 today the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠20.445°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-20.562° in its southern standstill point on 4 May 2018 at 23:00 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 8 days on 30 April 2018 at 00:58 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.