Quarter* ♑ Capricorn
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 12 April 2004 at 03:46 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1914".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2004 after 23 days on 4 May 2004 at 20:33.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 52 of Meeus index or 1005 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 40 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 56 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 7 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠93.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠129.7°.
3 days after point of perigee on 8 April 2004 at 02:28 in ♏ Scorpio. 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 24 April 2004 at 00:26 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is 365 119 km (226 874 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 403 km (251 906 mi).
4 days after descending node on 7 April 2004 at 05:05 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 20 April 2004 at 11:40 in ♉ Taurus.
18 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 00:50 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-27.596°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠27.628° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 25 April 2004 at 03:32.
In 8 days on 19 April 2004 at 13:21 in ♈ Aries 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.