Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 49% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 25 January 2003 at 08:33 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2003 after 22 days on 16 February 2003 at 23:51.
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 37 of Meeus index or 990 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 26 minutes. It is 1 hour and 21 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 41 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 21 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠56.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠90.6°.
1 day after point of perigee on 23 January 2003 at 22:43 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 13 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 7 February 2003 at 21:58 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 363 506 km (225 872 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 13 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 551 km (251 376 mi).
10 days after ascending node on 14 January 2003 at 13:38 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 27 January 2003 at 15:23 in ♏ Scorpio.
10 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
8 days since the previous standstill on 17 January 2003 at 02:11 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.794°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.834° at the point of next southern standstill on 30 January 2003 at 00:31 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 6 days on 1 February 2003 at 10:48 in ♒ Aquarius 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.