Crescent ♎ Libra
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 16 December 2003 at 17:42 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1900" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2004 after 22 days on 7 January 2004 at 15:40.
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 48 of Meeus index or 1001 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 44 minutes. It is 38 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 2 hours shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 9 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠359.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠15.5°.
8 days after point of apogee on 7 December 2003 at 12:05 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 22 December 2003 at 11:53 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 377 181 km (234 369 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 342 km (222 663 mi).
9 days after ascending node on 6 December 2003 at 16:00 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 20 December 2003 at 16:07 in ♏ Scorpio.
9 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
5 days since the previous standstill on 10 December 2003 at 15:56 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.057°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.044° at the point of next southern standstill on 23 December 2003 at 20:12 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 6 days on 23 December 2003 at 09:43 in ♑ Capricorn 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.