Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 4 April 2002 at 15:29 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1840" and ∠1918".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2002 after 22 days on 27 April 2002 at 03:00.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 27 of Meeus index or 980 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 19 minutes. It is 1 hour and 55 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 35 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 28 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠180.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠204.7°.
7 days after point of perigee on 28 March 2002 at 07:42 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 10 April 2002 at 05:32 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 389 585 km (242 077 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 409 km (252 531 mi).
1 day after descending node on 2 April 2002 at 18:20 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 17 April 2002 at 09:15 in ♊ Gemini.
14 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 08:23 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-24.771°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠24.908° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 19 April 2002 at 02:11.
In 8 days on 12 April 2002 at 19:21 in ♈ Aries the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.