Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 48% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 2 February 2005 at 07:27 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1915" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2005 after 21 days on 24 February 2005 at 04:54.
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 62 of Meeus index or 1015 from Brown series.
Length of current 62 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 25 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2005. It is 17 minutes shorter than next lunation 63 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 19 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 50 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠1.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠17.1°. 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°).
9 days after point of apogee on 23 January 2005 at 18:54 in ♋ Cancer. 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 7 February 2005 at 22:09 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 374 271 km (232 561 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 564 km (222 801 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 31 January 2005 at 22:49 in ♎ Libra, 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 13 February 2005 at 10:25 in ♈ Aries.
16 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 22 January 2005 at 19:22 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.973°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.071° in the next southern standstill on 5 February 2005 at 21:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 8 February 2005 at 22:28 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.