Crescent ♌ Leo
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 49% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 11 October 2009 at 08:56 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1922".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2009 after 22 days on 2 November 2009 at 19:14.
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 120 of Meeus index or 1073 from Brown series.
Length of current 120 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 49 minutes. It is 2 hours and 52 minutes shorter than next lunation 121 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 55 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 14 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠39.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠65.2°. 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°).
13 days after point of apogee on 28 September 2009 at 03:33 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 13 October 2009 at 12:28 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 363 633 km (225 951 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 068 km (229 328 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♋ Cancer at 23:01 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 25 October 2009 at 08:52 in ♑ Capricorn.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 9 October 2009 at 09:49 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.057°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.951° in the next southern standstill on 22 October 2009 at 12:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 18 October 2009 at 05:33 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.