Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 14 February 2012 at 17:04 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1943".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2012 after 22 days on 8 March 2012 at 09:40.
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 149 of Meeus index or 1102 from Brown series.
Length of current 149 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 55 minutes. It is 1 hour and 8 minutes shorter than next lunation 150 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 11 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 52 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠70.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠107.8°. 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°).
2 days after point of perigee on 11 February 2012 at 18:32 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 27 February 2012 at 14:01 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 363 971 km (226 161 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 13 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 864 km (251 571 mi).
11 days after its descending node on 2 February 2012 at 20:02 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 15 February 2012 at 20:16 in ♐ Sagittarius.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 3 February 2012 at 07:11 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.404°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-22.299° in the next southern standstill on 16 February 2012 at 08:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 21 February 2012 at 22:35 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Last Quarter geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.