Crescent ♊ Gemini
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 1 September 2010 at 17:22 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1869" and ∠1902".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2010 after 21 days on 23 September 2010 at 09:17.
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 131 of Meeus index or 1084 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 22 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2010. It is 53 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 22 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 47 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠349.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠4.6°.
7 days after point of apogee on 25 August 2010 at 05:51 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 8 September 2010 at 04:00 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 383 570 km (238 339 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 193 km (221 949 mi).
11 days after ascending node on 20 August 2010 at 12:13 in ♑ Capricorn. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 4 September 2010 at 00:16 in ♋ Cancer.
11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
13 days since the previous standstill on 18 August 2010 at 17:07 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.929°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠24.807° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 September 2010 at 11:20 in ♊ Gemini.
In 6 days on 8 September 2010 at 10:30 in ♍ Virgo 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.