Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 26 March 2068 at 18:20 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1911" and ∠1923".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2068 after 22 days on 17 April 2068 at 15:29.
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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 843 of Meeus index or 1796 from Brown series.
Length of current 843 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 14 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2068. It is 2 minutes shorter than next lunation 844 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 30 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 39 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠3.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠19.9°. 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°).
9 days after point of apogee on 16 March 2068 at 22:03 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 1 April 2068 at 04:33 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 375 039 km (233 038 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 256 km (223 231 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 24 March 2068 at 05:33 in ♐ Sagittarius, 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 5 April 2068 at 19:21 in ♉ Taurus.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 25 March 2068 at 09:16 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.636°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.553° in the next northern standstill on 6 April 2068 at 22:58 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 2 April 2068 at 08:51 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.