Gibbous ♎ Libra
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 88% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 31 January 2018 at 13:27.
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 about ∠24° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1899" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2018 after 26 days on 2 March 2018 at 00:51.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 223 of Meeus index or 1176 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 48 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2018. It is 2 hours and 42 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. It is 59 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠198.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠227.1°.
4 days after point of perigee on 30 January 2018 at 09:54 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 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 11 February 2018 at 14:16 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 377 509 km (234 573 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 701 km (252 091 mi).
2 days after ascending node on 31 January 2018 at 18:46 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 14 February 2018 at 21:11 in ♒ Aquarius.
2 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
5 days since the previous standstill on 29 January 2018 at 11:32 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.027°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-20.026° at the point of next southern standstill on 11 February 2018 at 23:21 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 12 days on 15 February 2018 at 21:05 in ♒ Aquarius 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.