Quarter ♐ Sagittarius
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 7 March 2010 at 15:42 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1824" and ∠1933".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2010 after 22 days on 30 March 2010 at 02:25.
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 125 of Meeus index or 1078 from Brown series.
Length of current 125 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 10 minutes. It is 2 hours and 42 minutes longer than next lunation 126 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 26 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 37 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠188.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠215.2°. 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°).
7 days after point of perigee on 27 February 2010 at 21:40 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 12 March 2010 at 10:07 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 393 032 km (244 219 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 011 km (252 284 mi).
10 days after its descending node on 25 February 2010 at 09:11 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 10 March 2010 at 08:07 in ♑ Capricorn.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 21:18 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-25.566°. Next 15 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠25.420° in its northern standstill point on 22 March 2010 at 12:15 in ♊ Gemini.
After 8 days on 15 March 2010 at 21:01 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.