Crescent ♌ Leo
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 31 October 2018 at 16:40 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1933".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2018 after 22 days on 23 November 2018 at 05:39.
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 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°.
Moon is at perigee at 20:05. It is 14 days after previous apogee on 17 October 2018 at 19:16 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 14 days, until point of next apogee on 14 November 2018 at 15:57 in ♒ Aquarius.
This perigee Moon is 370 201 km (230 032 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2018. It is 7 693 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 155 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♌ Leo at 03:46 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 13 days later on 13 November 2018 at 14:04 in ♑ Capricorn.
At 03:46 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
1 day since the previous standstill on 29 October 2018 at 18:34 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠21.292°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠-21.401° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 November 2018 at 02:21 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 7 days on 7 November 2018 at 16:02 in ♏ Scorpio 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.