Quarter ♐ Sagittarius
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 ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 23 February 2079 at 19:23 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1939".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2079 after 22 days on 17 March 2079 at 13:45.
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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 978 of Meeus index or 1931 from Brown series.
Length of current 978 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 13 minutes. It is 2 hours and 32 minutes longer than next lunation 979 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 29 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 34 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠261.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠296.6°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 18:10, this is 12 days after last perigee on 11 February 2079 at 08:13 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 8 March 2079 at 01:47 in ♉ Taurus.
This apogee Moon is 404 236 km (251 181 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2079. It is 1 172 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 185 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
2 days after its descending node on 21 February 2079 at 02:05 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 7 March 2079 at 01:24 in ♉ Taurus.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 12 February 2079 at 07:40 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.715°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.818° in the next southern standstill on 26 February 2079 at 08:11 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 8 days on 3 March 2079 at 13:49 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.