Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 51% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 17 April 2009 at 13:36 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♒ Aquarius later.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2009 after 21 days on 9 May 2009 at 04:01.
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 114 of Meeus index or 1067 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 17 minutes. It is 2 hours and 29 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 1 hour and 27 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 42 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠282.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠311.7°.
1 day after point of apogee on 16 April 2009 at 09:15 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 28 April 2009 at 06:26 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is 404 717 km (251 479 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 366 042 km (227 448 mi).
13 days after descending node on 4 April 2009 at 07:22 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 18 April 2009 at 05:19 in ♒ Aquarius.
26 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
2 days since the previous standstill on 14 April 2009 at 13:02 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.665°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.567° at the point of next northern standstill on 28 April 2009 at 08:50 in ♊ Gemini.
In 7 days on 25 April 2009 at 03:23 in ♉ Taurus 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.