Quarter* ♒ Aquarius
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 8 May 2018 at 02:09 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1774" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2018 after 22 days on 29 May 2018 at 14:20.
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 226 of Meeus index or 1179 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 51 minutes. It is 1 hour and 56 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 hours and 53 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 16 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠296.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠321.7°.
1 day after point of apogee on 6 May 2018 at 00:35 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 17 May 2018 at 21:06 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is 404 094 km (251 092 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 777 km (226 041 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♒ Aquarius at 10:24 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 13 days later on 20 May 2018 at 13:13 in ♌ Leo.
13 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
2 days since the previous standstill on 4 May 2018 at 23:00 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-20.562°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠20.652° at the point of next northern standstill on 18 May 2018 at 15:02 in ♋ Cancer.
In 7 days on 15 May 2018 at 11:48 in ♉ Taurus 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.