Quarter ♍ Virgo
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 19 November 2008 at 21:31 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1926" and ∠1942".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2008 after 23 days on 12 December 2008 at 16:37.
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 109 of Meeus index or 1062 from Brown series.
Length of current 109 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 41 minutes. It is 1 hour and 47 minutes shorter than next lunation 110 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 57 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 6 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠133.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠161.9°. 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°).
5 days after point of perigee on 14 November 2008 at 09:59 in ♊ Gemini. 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 29 November 2008 at 16:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 372 250 km (231 305 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 480 km (252 575 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 18 November 2008 at 18:37 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 3 December 2008 at 04:47 in ♒ Aquarius.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 15 November 2008 at 08:19 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.088°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.025° in the next southern standstill on 29 November 2008 at 02:41 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 8 days on 27 November 2008 at 16:55 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.