Quarter ♌ Leo
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 17 October 2022 at 17:15 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1926".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2022 after 21 days on 8 November 2022 at 11:02.
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 281 of Meeus index or 1234 from Brown series.
Length of current 281 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 54 minutes. It is 45 minutes longer than next lunation 282 length.
Length of current synodic month is 10 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 53 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠265.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠299.9°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 10:21, this is 12 days after last perigee on 4 October 2022 at 17:01 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 29 October 2022 at 14:48 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This apogee Moon is 404 330 km (251 239 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 078 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 379 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
5 days after its ascending node on 11 October 2022 at 21:49 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 26 October 2022 at 06:30 in ♏ Scorpio.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 16 October 2022 at 06:12 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.473°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.500° in the next southern standstill on 30 October 2022 at 01:04 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 days on 25 October 2022 at 10:49 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.