Quarter* ♈ Aries
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 11 July 2012 at 01:48 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1792" and ∠1887".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2012 after 22 days on 2 August 2012 at 03:27.
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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 154 of Meeus index or 1107 from Brown series.
Length of current 154 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 22 minutes. It is 1 hour and 52 minutes longer than next lunation 155 length.
Length of current synodic month is 38 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 25 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠217.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠248.7°. 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°).
8 days after point of perigee on 1 July 2012 at 18:01 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 13 July 2012 at 16:47 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 399 874 km (248 470 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 783 km (251 520 mi).
9 days after its ascending node on 1 July 2012 at 05:45 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 14 July 2012 at 20:55 in ♉ Taurus.
9 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 2 July 2012 at 03:33 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.701°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.665° in the next northern standstill on 16 July 2012 at 01:18 in ♊ Gemini.
After 8 days on 19 July 2012 at 04:24 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.