Crescent ♍ Virgo
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 45% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 7 November 2012 at 00:36 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1844" and ∠1937".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2012 after 21 days on 28 November 2012 at 14:46.
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 158 of Meeus index or 1111 from Brown series.
Length of current 158 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 5 minutes. It is 29 minutes shorter than next lunation 159 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 39 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 30 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠334.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠351.3°. 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°).
5 days after point of apogee on 1 November 2012 at 15:30 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 14 November 2012 at 10:21 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 388 688 km (241 520 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 361 km (222 054 mi).
7 days after its descending node on 31 October 2012 at 10:36 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 14 November 2012 at 04:37 in ♏ Scorpio.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 2 November 2012 at 08:15 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.920°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.914° in the next southern standstill on 15 November 2012 at 16:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 13 November 2012 at 22:08 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.