Quarter* ♑ Capricorn
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 8 April 2018 at 07:18 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1916".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2018 after 22 days on 30 April 2018 at 00:58.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 225 of Meeus index or 1178 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 46 minutes. It is 2 hours and 55 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 2 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 7 hours and 1 minute shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠262.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠296.5°.
11 days after point of perigee on 26 March 2018 at 17:17 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 day, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 8 April 2018 at 05:32 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 405 261 km (251 818 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 145 km (251 124 mi).
11 days after ascending node on 27 March 2018 at 10:56 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 10 April 2018 at 08:09 in ♒ Aquarius.
11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 14:37 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-20.320°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠20.445° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 21 April 2018 at 07:38.
In 8 days on 16 April 2018 at 01:57 in ♈ Aries 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.