Crescent ♍ Virgo
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 45% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 30 November 2018 at 00:19 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1958" and ∠1946".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2018 after 22 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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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°.
3 days after point of perigee on 26 November 2018 at 12:10 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 12 December 2018 at 12:25 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 366 148 km (227 514 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 177 km (251 765 mi).
3 days after ascending node on 27 November 2018 at 05:18 in ♋ Cancer. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 10 December 2018 at 17:57 in ♑ Capricorn.
3 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
4 days since the previous standstill on 26 November 2018 at 01:48 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠21.485°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-21.539° at the point of next southern standstill on 9 December 2018 at 11:12 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 6 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.