Quarter* ♋ Cancer
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 55% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 14 October 2006 at 00:25 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1844" and ∠1923".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2006 after 23 days on 5 November 2006 at 12:58.
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 83 of Meeus index or 1036 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 29 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2006. It is 25 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 18 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠182.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠207.1°.
6 days after point of perigee on 6 October 2006 at 14:07 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 19 October 2006 at 09:35 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 388 680 km (241 515 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 075 km (252 323 mi).
7 days after ascending node on 5 October 2006 at 22:11 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 19 October 2006 at 09:34 in ♍ Virgo.
7 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 12 October 2006 at 08:52 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.678°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 13 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.595° at the point of next southern standstill on 27 October 2006 at 02:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 8 days on 22 October 2006 at 05:14 in ♎ Libra 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.