Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 64% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 16 September 2018 at 23:15.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1775" and ∠1910".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2018 after 6 days on 25 September 2018 at 02:53.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 231 of Meeus index or 1184 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 45 minutes. It is 2 hours and 30 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 59 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 10 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠28°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠49.6°.
10 days after point of perigee on 8 September 2018 at 01:21 in ♌ Leo. 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 20 September 2018 at 00:54 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 403 845 km (250 938 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 875 km (251 578 mi).
11 days after ascending node on 6 September 2018 at 22:42 in ♋ Cancer. 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 20 September 2018 at 09:30 in ♒ Aquarius.
11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 09:35 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-20.909°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠21.037° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 2 October 2018 at 13:03.
In 6 days on 25 September 2018 at 02:53 in ♈ Aries the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.