Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 43% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 4 March 2013 at 21:53 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1934".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2013 after 21 days on 27 March 2013 at 09:27.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 162 of Meeus index or 1115 from Brown series.
Length of current 162 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 31 minutes. It is 1 hour and 13 minutes shorter than next lunation 163 length.
Length of current synodic month is 13 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 56 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠44.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠73.6°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 23:20, this is 14 days after last apogee on 19 February 2013 at 06:30 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 19 March 2013 at 03:13 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 369 954 km (229 879 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2013. It is 7 446 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 402 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
2 days after its ascending node on 3 March 2013 at 02:30 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 16 March 2013 at 06:15 in ♉ Taurus.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 06:41 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-20.453°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠20.335° in its northern standstill point on 18 March 2013 at 21:50 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 11 March 2013 at 19:51 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.