Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 86% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 29 May 2018 at 14:20.
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 ∠25° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2018 after 25 days on 28 June 2018 at 04:53.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 227 of Meeus index or 1180 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 55 minutes. It is 50 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 4 hours and 49 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 20 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠321.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠340.3°.
Moon is at apogee at 16:34. It is 15 days after previous perigee on 17 May 2018 at 21:06 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next perigee on 14 June 2018 at 23:55 in ♋ Cancer.
This apogee Moon is 405 316 km (251 852 mi) away from Earth. It is 92 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 393 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
12 days after ascending node on 20 May 2018 at 13:13 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 3 June 2018 at 12:39 in ♒ Aquarius.
12 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 1 June 2018 at 07:09 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-20.727°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠20.754° at the point of next northern standstill on 15 June 2018 at 00:52 in ♋ Cancer.
In 11 days on 13 June 2018 at 19:43 in ♊ Gemini 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.