Crescent ♋ Cancer
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 44% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 17 September 2022 at 21:52 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1910".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2022 after 21 days on 9 October 2022 at 20:55.
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 280 of Meeus index or 1233 from Brown series.
Length of current 280 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 37 minutes. It is 43 minutes longer than next lunation 281 length.
Length of current synodic month is 53 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 10 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠230.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠265.5°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
10 days after point of perigee on 7 September 2022 at 18:17 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 19 September 2022 at 14:44 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 404 709 km (251 475 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 556 km (251 379 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 14 September 2022 at 14:49 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 28 September 2022 at 23:43 in ♏ Scorpio.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 22:10 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠27.316°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-27.411° in its southern standstill point on 2 October 2022 at 19:33 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 25 September 2022 at 21:54 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.