Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 50% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 26 March 2011 at 12:07 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1862" and ∠1923".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2011 after 22 days on 18 April 2011 at 02:44.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 138 of Meeus index or 1091 from Brown series.
Length of current 138 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 46 minutes. It is 1 hour and 28 minutes longer than next lunation 139 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 2 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 1 minute shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠167°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠190.9°. 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°).
6 days after point of perigee on 19 March 2011 at 19:09 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 2 April 2011 at 09:00 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 384 915 km (239 175 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 656 km (252 684 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 25 March 2011 at 21:09 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 9 April 2011 at 12:48 in ♊ Gemini.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 25 March 2011 at 05:02 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.716°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.569° in the next northern standstill on 8 April 2011 at 22:55 in ♊ Gemini.
After 8 days on 3 April 2011 at 14:32 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.