Quarter* ♉ Taurus
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 16 August 2006 at 01:51 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1933" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2006 after 23 days on 7 September 2006 at 18:42.
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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 81 of Meeus index or 1034 from Brown series.
Length of current 81 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 39 minutes. It is 1 hour and 56 minutes shorter than next lunation 82 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 55 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 8 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠131.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠158.8°. 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°).
4 days after point of perigee on 10 August 2006 at 18:27 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 August 2006 at 01:23 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 370 807 km (230 409 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 271 km (252 445 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 12 August 2006 at 01:31 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 25 August 2006 at 21:34 in ♍ Virgo.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 6 August 2006 at 04:11 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.594°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.645° in the next northern standstill on 18 August 2006 at 19:43 in ♊ Gemini.
After 8 days on 23 August 2006 at 19:10 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.