Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 30 March 2008 Sunday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 44% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 29 March 2008 at 21:47 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1801" and ∠1921".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2008 after 20 days on 20 April 2008 at 10:25.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 101 of Meeus index or 1054 from Brown series.
Length of current 101 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 41 minutes. It is 2 hours and 18 minutes longer than next lunation 102 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 3 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 6 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠310.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠332.7°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
3 days after point of apogee on 26 March 2008 at 20:13 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 7 April 2008 at 19:28 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 398 007 km (247 310 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 083 km (224 367 mi).
11 days after its descending node on 19 March 2008 at 02:53 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 2 April 2008 at 15:18 in ♒ Aquarius.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 28 March 2008 at 16:00 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.898°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.812° in the next northern standstill on 10 April 2008 at 17:42 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 6 April 2008 at 03:55 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.