Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 49% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 6 April 2010 at 09:37 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1785" and ∠1917".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2010 after 22 days on 28 April 2010 at 12:18.
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 126 of Meeus index or 1079 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 28 minutes. It is 2 hours and 53 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 2 hours and 44 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 19 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠215.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠247.4°.
9 days after point of perigee on 28 March 2010 at 04:56 in ♍ Virgo. 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 9 April 2010 at 02:45 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 401 623 km (249 557 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 999 km (251 655 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♑ Capricorn at 09:45 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 20 April 2010 at 13:38 in ♋ Cancer.
At 09:45 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
2 days since the previous standstill on 4 April 2010 at 05:23 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.311°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.182° at the point of next northern standstill on 18 April 2010 at 17:15 in ♊ Gemini.
In 8 days on 14 April 2010 at 12:29 in ♈ Aries 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.