Quarter* ♈ Aries
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 21 July 2003 at 07:01 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1781" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2003 after 22 days on 12 August 2003 at 04:48.
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 43 of Meeus index or 996 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes. It is 1 hour and 40 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 30 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 39 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠234.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠268.5°.
9 days after point of perigee on 10 July 2003 at 22:05 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 22 July 2003 at 19:37 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 402 551 km (250 134 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 330 km (251 239 mi).
10 days after descending node on 10 July 2003 at 04:17 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 23 July 2003 at 18:44 in ♉ Taurus.
23 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
7 days since the previous standstill on 12 July 2003 at 22:53 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.465°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.493° at the point of next northern standstill on 27 July 2003 at 03:55 in ♋ Cancer.
In 8 days on 29 July 2003 at 06:53 in ♌ Leo 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.