Quarter ♑ Capricorn
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 ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 21 March 2044 at 16:52 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1925".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2044 after 21 days on 12 April 2044 at 09:39.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 546 of Meeus index or 1499 from Brown series.
Length of current 546 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 14 minutes. It is 2 hours and 58 minutes longer than next lunation 547 length.
Length of current synodic month is 30 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 33 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠272.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠304.8°. 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 01:56, this is 13 days after last perigee on 7 March 2044 at 20:36 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 2 April 2044 at 02:16 in ♊ Gemini.
This apogee Moon is 404 337 km (251 243 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 071 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 372 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
7 days after its descending node on 13 March 2044 at 13:10 in ♍ Virgo, 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 27 March 2044 at 23:51 in ♓ Pisces.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 10:24 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-28.641°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2044. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠28.596° in its northern standstill point on 3 April 2044 at 22:19 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 29 March 2044 at 09:26 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.