Crescent ♓ Pisces
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 47% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 6 May 2010 at 04:15 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1902".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2010 after 21 days on 27 May 2010 at 23:07.
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 127 of Meeus index or 1080 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 35 minutes. It is 2 hours and 25 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 9 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠247.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠282.4°.
Moon is at apogee at 21:53. It is 12 days after previous perigee on 24 April 2010 at 20:59 in ♍ Virgo. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 13 days, until point of next perigee on 20 May 2010 at 08:38 in ♌ Leo.
This apogee Moon is 404 231 km (251 177 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2010. It is 1 177 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 180 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
2 days after ascending node on 3 May 2010 at 12:35 in ♑ Capricorn. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 17 May 2010 at 15:39 in ♋ Cancer.
2 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
4 days since the previous standstill on 1 May 2010 at 14:01 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.109°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.049° at the point of next northern standstill on 15 May 2010 at 23:07 in ♊ Gemini.
In 7 days on 14 May 2010 at 01:04 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.