Crescent ♊ Gemini
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 ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 8 September 2012 at 13:15 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1772" and ∠1905".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2012 after 21 days on 30 September 2012 at 03:19.
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 156 of Meeus index or 1109 from Brown series.
Length of current 156 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 16 minutes. It is 24 minutes longer than next lunation 157 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 41 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠283.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠312.9°. 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 7 September 2012 at 06:00 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 September 2012 at 02:52 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 404 556 km (251 379 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 365 749 km (227 266 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 7 September 2012 at 02:08 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 20 September 2012 at 12:54 in ♏ Scorpio.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 18:10 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠21.244°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-21.135° in its southern standstill point on 22 September 2012 at 00:11 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 16 September 2012 at 02:11 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.