Crescent ♌ Leo
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 31 October 2018 at 16:40 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1933".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2018 after 22 days on 23 November 2018 at 05:39.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 232 of Meeus index or 1185 from Brown series.
Length of current 232 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 15 minutes. It is 3 hours and 3 minutes shorter than next lunation 233 length.
Length of current synodic month is 29 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 40 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠49.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠79.7°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 20:05, this is 14 days after last apogee on 17 October 2018 at 19:16 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 14 November 2018 at 15:57 in ♒ Aquarius.
This perigee Moon is 370 201 km (230 032 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2018. It is 7 693 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 155 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♌ Leo at 03:46 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 13 November 2018 at 14:04 in ♑ Capricorn.
At 03:46 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
1 day after previous North standstill on 29 October 2018 at 18:34 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.292°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.401° in the next southern standstill on 12 November 2018 at 02:21 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 days on 7 November 2018 at 16:02 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.