Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 43% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 11 January 2053 at 18:09 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1804" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2053 after 21 days on 3 February 2053 at 04:57.
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 655 of Meeus index or 1608 from Brown series.
Length of current 655 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 57 minutes. It is 1 hour and 38 minutes longer than next lunation 656 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 13 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 50 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠190.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠217.6°. 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°).
8 days after point of perigee on 3 January 2053 at 21:39 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 16 January 2053 at 07:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 397 274 km (246 855 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 076 km (252 324 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 9 January 2053 at 21:36 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 January 2053 at 11:46 in ♓ Pisces.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous North standstill on 3 January 2053 at 18:58 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.398°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.367° in the next southern standstill on 17 January 2053 at 11:59 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 days on 19 January 2053 at 23:12 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.