Quarter ♑ Capricorn
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 18 March 2009 at 17:47 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1927".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2009 after 22 days on 9 April 2009 at 14:56.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 113 of Meeus index or 1066 from Brown series.
Length of current 113 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 31 minutes. It is 3 hours and 14 minutes longer than next lunation 114 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 47 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 16 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠246.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠282.4°. 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°).
10 days after point of perigee on 7 March 2009 at 15:06 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 19 March 2009 at 13:16 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 404 883 km (251 583 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 302 km (251 222 mi).
10 days after its descending node on 8 March 2009 at 04:05 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 22 March 2009 at 02:12 in ♒ Aquarius.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 05:07 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-26.896°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠26.780° in its northern standstill point on 1 April 2009 at 02:50 in ♊ Gemini.
After 8 days on 26 March 2009 at 16:06 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.