Quarter* ♋ Cancer
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 55% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 14 October 2006 at 00:25 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1844" and ∠1923".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2006 after 23 days on 5 November 2006 at 12:58.
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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 83 of Meeus index or 1036 from Brown series.
Length of current 83 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 29 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2006. It is 25 minutes longer than next lunation 84 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 18 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠182.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠207.1°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
6 days after point of perigee on 6 October 2006 at 14:07 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 19 October 2006 at 09:35 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 388 680 km (241 515 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 075 km (252 323 mi).
7 days after its ascending node on 5 October 2006 at 22:11 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 19 October 2006 at 09:34 in ♍ Virgo.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 12 October 2006 at 08:52 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.678°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.595° in the next southern standstill on 27 October 2006 at 02:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 8 days on 22 October 2006 at 05:14 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.