Gibbous ♌ Leo
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 86% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 23 November 2018 at 05:39.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1944".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2018 after 26 days on 22 December 2018 at 17:49.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 233 of Meeus index or 1186 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 18 minutes. It is 2 hours and 50 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 34 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 29 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠79.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠116.6°.
Moon is at perigee at 12:10. It is 11 days after previous apogee on 14 November 2018 at 15:57 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 16 days, until point of next apogee on 12 December 2018 at 12:25 in ♒ Aquarius.
This perigee Moon is 366 623 km (227 809 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 115 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 3 733 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
12 days after descending node on 13 November 2018 at 14:04 in ♑ Capricorn. 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 27 November 2018 at 05:18 in ♋ Cancer.
26 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 01:48 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠21.485°. Over the next 12 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-21.539° at the point of next standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 9 December 2018 at 11:12.
In 10 days on 7 December 2018 at 07:20 in ♐ Sagittarius 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.