Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 46% and getting smaller. The Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 3 April 2013 at 04:37 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April after 22 days on 25 April 2013 at 19:57.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.31% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1919".
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 163 of Meeus index or 1116 from Brown series.
Length of current 163 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 44 minutes. It is 1 hour and 9 minutes shorter than next lunation 164.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 3 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠73.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠110.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months increases since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
3 days after point of perigee on 31 March 2013 at 03:55, lunar orbit gets wider while the Moon moves outward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 12 days until it gets to the point of apogee on 15 April 2013 at 22:21.
Moon is 365 059 km (226 837 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous perigee point before 3 days, distance is 367 494 km (228 350 mi). Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 404 865 km (251 571 mi).
4 days after its ascending node on 30 March 2013 at 05:55, the Moon follows the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 12 April 2013 at 12:12.
4 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of current draconic month.
1 day after previous South standstill on 1 April 2013 at 12:03, when Moon reaches southern declination of ∠-20.250°, lunar orbit moves northward for the next 11 days to face North declination of ∠20.189° in the next northern standstill on 15 April 2013 at 05:29.
After 6 days the Moon is in New Moon conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy on 10 April 2013 at 09:35.