Gibbous ♈ Aries
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 16 October 2018 at 18:02.
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 ∠20° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1794" and ∠1928".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2018 after 3 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 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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°.
3 days after point of apogee on 17 October 2018 at 19:16 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 31 October 2018 at 20:05 in ♌ Leo.
The Moon is 399 430 km (248 194 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 370 201 km (230 032 mi).
3 days after descending node on 17 October 2018 at 12:03 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 31 October 2018 at 03:46 in ♌ Leo.
17 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
5 days since the previous standstill on 15 October 2018 at 17:26 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-21.154°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠21.292° at the point of next northern standstill on 29 October 2018 at 18:34 in ♋ Cancer.
In 3 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.