Crescent ♊ Gemini
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 42% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 13 August 2009 at 18:55 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1932" and ∠1894".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2009 after 21 days on 4 September 2009 at 16:03.
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 118 of Meeus index or 1071 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 27 minutes. It is 1 hour and 16 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 5 hours and 17 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 52 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠4.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠20.3°.
10 days after point of apogee on 4 August 2009 at 00:42 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 19 August 2009 at 04:53 in ♌ Leo.
The Moon is 371 075 km (230 575 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 642 km (223 471 mi).
9 days after ascending node on 4 August 2009 at 21:42 in ♑ Capricorn. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 18 August 2009 at 14:06 in ♋ Cancer.
9 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
12 days since the previous standstill on 1 August 2009 at 13:28 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.478°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠26.442° at the point of next northern standstill on 15 August 2009 at 21:54 in ♊ Gemini.
In 5 days on 20 August 2009 at 10:01 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.