Quarter* ♎ Libra
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 15 January 2004 at 04:46 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1932" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2004 after 22 days on 6 February 2004 at 08:47.
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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 49 of Meeus index or 1002 from Brown series.
Length of current 49 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 22 minutes. It is 51 minutes shorter than next lunation 50 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 22 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 47 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠15.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠33.9°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
10 days after point of apogee on 3 January 2004 at 20:19 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 January 2004 at 19:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 370 946 km (230 495 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 362 768 km (225 414 mi).
11 days after its ascending node on 2 January 2004 at 20:11 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 16 January 2004 at 21:08 in ♏ Scorpio.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
7 days after previous North standstill on 6 January 2004 at 21:36 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.031°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.072° in the next southern standstill on 20 January 2004 at 06:17 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 days on 21 January 2004 at 21:05 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.