Crescent ♓ Pisces
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 49% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 15 May 2001 at 10:11 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1898".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2001 after 21 days on 6 June 2001 at 01:39.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 16 of Meeus index or 969 from Brown series.
Length of current 16 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes. It is 2 hours and 8 minutes longer than next lunation 17 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 24 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 45 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠267.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠299.7°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 01:29, this is 12 days after last perigee on 2 May 2001 at 03:37 in ♍ Virgo. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 27 May 2001 at 07:07 in ♌ Leo.
This apogee Moon is 404 141 km (251 122 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2001. It is 1 267 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 90 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
4 days after its descending node on 11 May 2001 at 11:02 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 25 May 2001 at 13:51 in ♊ Gemini.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
3 days after previous South standstill on 11 May 2001 at 20:26 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.329°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.388° in the next northern standstill on 25 May 2001 at 23:03 in ♋ Cancer.
After 7 days on 23 May 2001 at 02:46 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.