Quarter ♑ Capricorn
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 22 March 2006 at 19:10 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1908" and ∠1925".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2006 after 22 days on 13 April 2006 at 16:40.
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 76 of Meeus index or 1029 from Brown series.
Length of current 76 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 44 minutes. It is 15 minutes longer than next lunation 77 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 9 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠2.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠19°. 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 13 March 2006 at 01:44 in ♍ Virgo. 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 28 March 2006 at 07:13 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 375 752 km (233 481 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 170 km (223 178 mi).
6 days after its descending node on 15 March 2006 at 19:52 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 29 March 2006 at 03:31 in ♈ Aries.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 16:53 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-28.725°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2006. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠28.715° in its northern standstill point on 4 April 2006 at 07:35 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 29 March 2006 at 10:15 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.