Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 29% and growing larger. The 5 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 9 October 2018 at 03:47.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.
Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1793" and ∠1924".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2018 after 10 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 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 232 of Meeus index or 1185 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 15 minutes. It is 3 hours and 3 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 29 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 40 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠49.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠79.7°.
8 days after point of perigee on 5 October 2018 at 22:29 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 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 17 October 2018 at 19:16 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 399 715 km (248 371 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 227 km (251 175 mi).
10 days after ascending node on 4 October 2018 at 03:10 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 17 October 2018 at 12:03 in ♒ Aquarius.
10 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 2 October 2018 at 13:03 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠21.037°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-21.154° at the point of next southern standstill on 15 October 2018 at 17:26 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 10 days on 24 October 2018 at 16:45 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.