Quarter ♉ Taurus
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 ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 17 July 2006 at 19:13 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1958" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2006 after 22 days on 9 August 2006 at 10:54.
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 80 of Meeus index or 1033 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 26 minutes. It is 2 hours and 13 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 18 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 51 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠97.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠131.2°.
3 days after point of perigee on 13 July 2006 at 17:35 in ♒ Aquarius. 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 29 July 2006 at 13:02 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 366 052 km (227 454 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 405 km (251 907 mi).
1 day after ascending node on 15 July 2006 at 20:25 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 29 July 2006 at 16:58 in ♍ Virgo.
1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
7 days since the previous standstill on 9 July 2006 at 18:49 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.477°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.515° at the point of next northern standstill on 22 July 2006 at 14:34 in ♊ Gemini.
In 7 days on 25 July 2006 at 04:31 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.