Quarter ♑ Capricorn
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 22 March 2006 at 19:10 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 ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1908" and ∠1925".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2006 after 22 days on 13 April 2006 at 16:40.
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 76 of Meeus index or 1029 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 44 minutes. It is 15 minutes longer 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 shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 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 ∠2.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠19°.
9 days after point of apogee on 13 March 2006 at 01:44 in ♍ Virgo. 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 28 March 2006 at 07:13 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 375 752 km (233 481 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 170 km (223 178 mi).
6 days after descending node on 15 March 2006 at 19:52 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 29 March 2006 at 03:31 in ♈ Aries.
20 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 16:53 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-28.725°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2006. Over the next 12 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠28.715° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 4 April 2006 at 07:35.
In 6 days on 29 March 2006 at 10:15 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.