Crescent ♌ Leo
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 ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 18 October 2068 at 00:00 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1820" and ∠1927".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2068 after 21 days on 9 November 2068 at 11:40.
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 850 of Meeus index or 1803 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 29 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2068. It is 4 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 18 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠183.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠209.1°.
8 days after point of perigee on 10 October 2068 at 11:20 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 23 October 2068 at 04:48 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 393 905 km (244 761 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 142 km (252 365 mi).
5 days after descending node on 13 October 2068 at 09:31 in ♉ Taurus. 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 27 October 2068 at 18:44 in ♏ Scorpio.
17 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
3 days since the previous standstill on 15 October 2068 at 05:07 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.707°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠-20.659° at the point of next southern standstill on 29 October 2068 at 20:53 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 7 days on 26 October 2068 at 04:17 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.