Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 48% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 20 January 2074 at 08:20 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2074 after 22 days on 11 February 2074 at 21:05.
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 915 of Meeus index or 1868 from Brown series.
Length of current 915 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 42 minutes. It is 1 hour and 41 minutes shorter than next lunation 916 length.
Length of current synodic month is 58 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 5 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠43.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠72.6°. 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°).
13 days after point of apogee on 6 January 2074 at 17:28 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 21 January 2074 at 13:42 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 363 340 km (225 769 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 983 km (229 897 mi).
5 days after its ascending node on 14 January 2074 at 16:24 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 27 January 2074 at 14:36 in ♒ Aquarius.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous North standstill on 12 January 2074 at 06:32 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.258°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.239° in the next southern standstill on 25 January 2074 at 06:55 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 27 January 2074 at 06:37 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.