Quarter* ♑ Capricorn
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 12 April 2004 at 03:46 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1914".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2004 after 23 days on 4 May 2004 at 20:33.
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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 52 of Meeus index or 1005 from Brown series.
Length of current 52 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes. It is 51 minutes shorter than next lunation 53 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 56 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 7 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠93.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠129.7°. 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°).
3 days after point of perigee on 8 April 2004 at 02:28 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 24 April 2004 at 00:26 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 365 119 km (226 874 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 403 km (251 906 mi).
4 days after its descending node on 7 April 2004 at 05:05 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 20 April 2004 at 11:40 in ♉ Taurus.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 00:50 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-27.596°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠27.628° in its northern standstill point on 25 April 2004 at 03:32 in ♋ Cancer.
After 8 days on 19 April 2004 at 13:21 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.