Crescent ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 15 May 2018 at 11:48.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1961" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2018 after 12 days on 29 May 2018 at 14:20.
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 227 of Meeus index or 1180 from Brown series.
Length of current 227 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 55 minutes. It is 50 minutes longer than next lunation 228 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 49 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 20 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠321.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠340.3°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 21:06, this is 11 days after last apogee on 6 May 2018 at 00:35 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 16 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 2 June 2018 at 16:34 in ♑ Capricorn.
This perigee Moon is 363 777 km (226 041 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 269 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 6 579 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
10 days after its descending node on 7 May 2018 at 10:24 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 20 May 2018 at 13:13 in ♌ Leo.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous South standstill on 4 May 2018 at 23:00 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.562°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.652° in the next northern standstill on 18 May 2018 at 15:02 in ♋ Cancer.
After 12 days on 29 May 2018 at 14:20 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.