Crescent ♈ Aries
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 51% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♓ Pisces.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 18 June 2006 at 14:08 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2006 after 22 days on 11 July 2006 at 03:02.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 79 of Meeus index or 1032 from Brown series.
Length of current 79 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 40 minutes. It is 1 hour and 46 minutes shorter than next lunation 80 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 4 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 5 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠64.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠97.5°. 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 16 June 2006 at 17:07 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 1 July 2006 at 20:12 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 363 552 km (225 901 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 13 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 448 km (251 312 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♓ Pisces at 19:11 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 2 July 2006 at 14:19 in ♍ Virgo.
At 19:11 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
6 days after previous South standstill on 12 June 2006 at 10:30 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.452°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.444° in the next northern standstill on 25 June 2006 at 08:40 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 25 June 2006 at 16:05 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.