Crescent ♊ Gemini
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 49% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 26 August 2024 at 09:26 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1924" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2024 after 22 days on 18 September 2024 at 02:34.
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 304 of Meeus index or 1257 from Brown series.
Length of current 304 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 43 minutes. It is 2 hours and 11 minutes shorter than next lunation 305 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 58 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 4 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠127.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠155.7°. 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°).
5 days after point of perigee on 21 August 2024 at 05:05 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 5 September 2024 at 14:55 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 372 643 km (231 550 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 215 km (252 410 mi).
4 days after its ascending node on 22 August 2024 at 10:27 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 5 September 2024 at 05:43 in ♎ Libra.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous South standstill on 15 August 2024 at 20:10 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.546°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.606° in the next northern standstill on 28 August 2024 at 11:09 in ♋ Cancer.
After 7 days on 3 September 2024 at 01:55 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.