Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
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 ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 16 February 2009 at 21:37 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1781" and ∠1941".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2009 after 21 days on 11 March 2009 at 02:38.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 112 of Meeus index or 1065 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 40 minutes. It is 3 hours and 9 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 56 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 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 ∠213.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠246.2°.
9 days after point of perigee on 7 February 2009 at 20:08 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 19 February 2009 at 17:00 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 402 479 km (250 089 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 132 km (251 737 mi).
8 days after descending node on 8 February 2009 at 19:46 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 22 February 2009 at 20:31 in ♒ Aquarius.
21 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 5 February 2009 at 14:55 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.083°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-27.057° at the point of next southern standstill on 18 February 2009 at 21:09 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 7 days on 25 February 2009 at 01:35 in ♓ Pisces 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.