Crescent ♋ Cancer
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 49% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 2 October 2018 at 09:45 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1917".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2018 after 22 days on 24 October 2018 at 16:45.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last 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°.
12 days after point of apogee on 20 September 2018 at 00:54 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 5 October 2018 at 22:29 in ♌ Leo.
The Moon is 365 144 km (226 890 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 366 396 km (227 668 mi).
12 days after descending node on 20 September 2018 at 09:30 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 4 October 2018 at 03:10 in ♌ Leo.
25 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 13:03 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠21.037°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-21.154° at the point of next standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 15 October 2018 at 17:26.
In 6 days on 9 October 2018 at 03:47 in ♎ Libra 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.