Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and getting smaller. The Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 22 February 2014 at 17:15 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March after 22 days on 16 March 2014 at 17:09.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.75% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1925" and ∠1939".
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 174 of Meeus index or 1127 from Brown series.
Length of current 174 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 21 minutes. It is 24 minutes shorter than next lunation 175. This is the shortest synodic month of 2014.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 23 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 46 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠8.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠25.1°. The length of upcoming synodic months increases since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
10 days after point of apogee on 12 February 2014 at 05:09, lunar orbit gets closer while the Moon moves inward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 5 days until it gets to the point of perigee on 27 February 2014 at 19:52.
Moon is 372 353 km (231 369 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous apogee point before 10 days, distance is 406 232 km (252 421 mi). Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 360 439 km (223 966 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 20 February 2014 at 03:28, the Moon follows the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 4 March 2014 at 17:45.
2 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of current draconic month.
12 days after previous North standstill on 9 February 2014 at 15:21, when Moon reaches northern declination of ∠19.306°, lunar orbit moves southward for the next 1 day to face South declination of ∠-19.175° in the next southern standstill on 24 February 2014 at 01:24.
After 6 days the Moon is in New Moon conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy on 1 March 2014 at 08:00.