Quarter ♉ Taurus
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 16 July 2017 at 19:26 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1927" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2017 after 22 days on 7 August 2017 at 18:11.
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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 216 of Meeus index or 1169 from Brown series.
Length of current 216 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 15 minutes. It is 1 hour and 30 minutes shorter than next lunation 217 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 29 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 40 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠11°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠27.9°. 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°).
10 days after point of apogee on 6 July 2017 at 04:27 in ♐ Sagittarius. 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 21 July 2017 at 17:09 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 371 988 km (231 143 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 238 km (224 463 mi).
4 days after its descending node on 12 July 2017 at 05:17 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 25 July 2017 at 00:46 in ♍ Virgo.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 8 July 2017 at 10:49 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-19.440°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠19.413° in the next northern standstill on 21 July 2017 at 22:11 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 23 July 2017 at 09:46 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.