Crescent ♊ Gemini
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 ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 31 July 2078 at 21:11 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1891".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2078 after 21 days on 23 August 2078 at 08:11.
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 971 of Meeus index or 1924 from Brown series.
Length of current 971 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 43 minutes. It is 2 hours and 24 minutes shorter than next lunation 972 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 1 minute shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 8 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠50.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠80.3°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 02:41, this is 14 days after last apogee on 18 July 2078 at 01:21 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 14 August 2078 at 20:09 in ♏ Scorpio.
This perigee Moon is 369 774 km (229 767 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2078. It is 7 266 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 582 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 08:13 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 14 August 2078 at 22:47 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 08:13 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
9 days after previous South standstill on 22 July 2078 at 23:47 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.072°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.132° in the next northern standstill on 5 August 2078 at 00:22 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 7 August 2078 at 19:52 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.