Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 45% and getting smaller. The Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 24 March 2014 at 01:46 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April after 21 days on 15 April 2014 at 07:42.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.09% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1924".
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 175 of Meeus index or 1128 from Brown series.
Length of current 175 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 45 minutes. It is 45 minutes shorter than next lunation 176.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 59 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 10 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠25.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠46.9°. The length of upcoming synodic months increases since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
12 days after point of apogee on 11 March 2014 at 19:46, lunar orbit gets closer while the Moon moves inward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 3 days until it gets to the point of perigee on 27 March 2014 at 18:30.
Moon is 364 791 km (226 671 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous apogee point before 12 days, distance is 405 367 km (251 883 mi). Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 365 706 km (227 239 mi).
5 days after its ascending node on 19 March 2014 at 06:30, the Moon follows the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 1 April 2014 at 02:30.
5 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 23 March 2014 at 07:28, when Moon reaches southern declination of ∠-18.997°, lunar orbit moves northward for the next 11 days to face North declination of ∠18.957° in the next northern standstill on 5 April 2014 at 07:12.
After 6 days the Moon is in New Moon conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy on 30 March 2014 at 18:45.