Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 51% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 26 January 2011 at 12:57 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1947" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2011 after 22 days on 18 February 2011 at 08:36.
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 136 of Meeus index or 1089 from Brown series.
Length of current 136 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 28 minutes. It is 47 minutes shorter than next lunation 137 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 44 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 19 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠103.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠139.2°. 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°).
4 days after point of perigee on 22 January 2011 at 00:10 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 6 February 2011 at 23:13 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 368 058 km (228 701 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 924 km (252 229 mi).
8 days after its descending node on 18 January 2011 at 00:06 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 30 January 2011 at 18:29 in ♐ Sagittarius.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 16 January 2011 at 22:51 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.221°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.180° in the next southern standstill on 29 January 2011 at 16:26 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 3 February 2011 at 02:31 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.