Crescent ♌ Leo
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 48% and getting smaller. The Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 8 October 2012 at 07:33 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October after 21 days on 29 October 2012 at 19:50.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.62% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1798" and ∠1921".
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.
Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 157 of Meeus index or 1110 from Brown series.
Length of current 157 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 52 minutes. It is 13 minutes shorter than next lunation 158. This is the shortest synodic month of 2012.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 52 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 17 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠312.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠334.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months decreases since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0°or∠360°).
3 days after point of apogee on 5 October 2012 at 00:43, lunar orbit gets closer while the Moon moves inward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 8 days until it gets to the point of perigee on 17 October 2012 at 01:02.
Moon is 398 695 km (247 738 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous apogee point before 3 days, distance is 405 162 km (251 756 mi). Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 360 673 km (224 112 mi).
4 days after its descending node on 4 October 2012 at 05:15, the Moon follows the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 17 October 2012 at 18:27.
17 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of current draconic month.
2 days after previous North standstill on 6 October 2012 at 01:40, when Moon reaches northern declination of ∠21.024°, lunar orbit moves southward for the next 10 days to face South declination of ∠-20.964° in the next southern standstill on 19 October 2012 at 06:49.
After 7 days the Moon is in New Moon conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy on 15 October 2012 at 12:02.