Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 3 March 2005 at 17:36 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1945" and ∠1935".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2005 after 22 days on 25 March 2005 at 20:58.
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 63 of Meeus index or 1016 from Brown series.
Length of current 63 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 42 minutes. It is 40 minutes shorter than next lunation 64 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 2 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 7 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠17.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠36.2°. 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°).
11 days after point of apogee on 20 February 2005 at 04:59 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 8 March 2005 at 03:42 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 368 610 km (229 044 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 235 km (225 704 mi).
3 days after its descending node on 28 February 2005 at 00:10 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 12 March 2005 at 17:37 in ♈ Aries.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 19 February 2005 at 01:13 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.152°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.257° in the next southern standstill on 5 March 2005 at 04:40 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 10 March 2005 at 09:10 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.