Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 95% and getting smaller. The 17 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 28 June 2018 at 04:53.
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 first ∠4° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1887".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2018 after 27 days on 27 July 2018 at 20:20.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 228 of Meeus index or 1181 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 5 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2018. It is 5 minutes shorter 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 5 hours and 39 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 30 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠340.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠356°.
Moon is at apogee at 02:43. It is 15 days after previous perigee on 14 June 2018 at 23:55 in ♋ Cancer. 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 13 July 2018 at 08:28 in ♋ Cancer.
This apogee Moon is 406 061 km (252 315 mi) away from Earth. It is 653 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 648 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
Moon is in descending node in ♒ Aquarius at 16:44 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 13 days later on 14 July 2018 at 02:50 in ♌ Leo.
13 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 28 June 2018 at 14:30 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-20.775°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠20.761° at the point of next northern standstill on 12 July 2018 at 12:01 in ♋ Cancer.
In 12 days on 13 July 2018 at 02:48 in ♋ Cancer 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.