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 ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 4 August 2018 at 18:18 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1887" and ∠1891".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2018 after 21 days on 26 August 2018 at 11:56.
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 229 of Meeus index or 1182 from Brown series.
Length of current 229 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 10 minutes. It is 54 minutes shorter than next lunation 230 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 34 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 35 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠356°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠11.2°. 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 27 July 2018 at 05:44 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 10 August 2018 at 18:05 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 379 903 km (236 061 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 083 km (222 502 mi).
7 days after its descending node on 27 July 2018 at 22:40 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 10 August 2018 at 13:40 in ♋ Cancer.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 25 July 2018 at 20:55 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.755°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.757° in the next northern standstill on 8 August 2018 at 22:33 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 11 August 2018 at 09:58 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.