Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
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 ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 23 February 2003 at 16:46 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 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1959" and ∠1939".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2003 after 22 days on 18 March 2003 at 10:34.
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 38 of Meeus index or 991 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 47 minutes. It is 57 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 3 hours and 3 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠90.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠127.8°.
3 days after point of perigee on 19 February 2003 at 16:19 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 7 March 2003 at 16:34 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 365 828 km (227 315 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 383 km (251 893 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♏ Scorpio at 15:47 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 14 days later on 9 March 2003 at 19:23 in ♉ Taurus.
12 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 13 February 2003 at 10:59 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.923°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.015° at the point of next southern standstill on 26 February 2003 at 05:53 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 7 days on 3 March 2003 at 02:35 in ♓ Pisces 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.