Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 47% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 24 January 2014 at 05:19 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1892" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2014 after 21 days on 14 February 2014 at 23:53.
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 173 of Meeus index or 1126 from Brown series.
Length of current 173 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 24 minutes. It is 3 minutes longer than next lunation 174 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 20 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 49 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠353°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠8.3°. 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°).
8 days after point of apogee on 16 January 2014 at 01:53 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 30 January 2014 at 09:58 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 378 782 km (235 364 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 080 km (221 879 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♏ Scorpio at 02:55 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 5 February 2014 at 12:41 in ♉ Taurus.
At 02:55 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
11 days after previous North standstill on 13 January 2014 at 08:14 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.501°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.396° in the next southern standstill on 27 January 2014 at 16:31 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 30 January 2014 at 21:39 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.