Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 47% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 15 January 2004 at 04:46 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♏ Scorpio later.
Lunar disc appears visually 0% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1950" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2004 after 21 days on 6 February 2004 at 08:47.
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 49 of Meeus index or 1002 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 22 minutes. It is 51 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 22 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 47 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠15.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠33.9°.
11 days after point of apogee on 3 January 2004 at 20:19 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 19 January 2004 at 19:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 367 544 km (228 381 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 768 km (225 414 mi).
12 days after ascending node on 2 January 2004 at 20:11 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 16 January 2004 at 21:08 in ♏ Scorpio.
12 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
8 days since the previous standstill on 6 January 2004 at 21:36 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.031°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.072° at the point of next southern standstill on 20 January 2004 at 06:17 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 6 days on 21 January 2004 at 21:05 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.