Quarter ♎ Libra
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 55% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 8 January 2018 at 22:25 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1859" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2018 after 23 days on 31 January 2018 at 13:27.
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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last 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 2018. 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°.
6 days after point of perigee on 1 January 2018 at 21:54 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 15 January 2018 at 02:10 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 385 505 km (239 542 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 461 km (252 563 mi).
4 days after ascending node on 4 January 2018 at 07:48 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 18 January 2018 at 14:28 in ♒ Aquarius.
4 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
6 days since the previous standstill on 2 January 2018 at 00:01 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.055°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-20.048° at the point of next southern standstill on 15 January 2018 at 16:28 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 8 days on 17 January 2018 at 02:17 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.