Gibbous ♌ Leo
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 23 November 2018 at 05:39.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1945".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2018 after 25 days on 22 December 2018 at 17:49.
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 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 233 of Meeus index or 1186 from Brown series.
Length of current 233 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 18 minutes. It is 2 hours and 50 minutes shorter than next lunation 234 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 34 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 29 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠79.7°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠116.6°. 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 26 November 2018 at 12:10 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 15 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 12 December 2018 at 12:25 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 363 642 km (225 957 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 15 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 177 km (251 765 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 05:18 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 10 December 2018 at 17:57 in ♑ Capricorn.
At 05:18 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
1 day after previous North standstill on 26 November 2018 at 01:48 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.485°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.539° in the next southern standstill on 9 December 2018 at 11:12 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 9 days on 7 December 2018 at 07:20 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.