Crescent ♋ Cancer
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 46% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 1 October 2010 at 03:52 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1925" and ∠1917".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2010 after 21 days on 23 October 2010 at 01:36.
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 132 of Meeus index or 1085 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 15 minutes. It is 1 hour and 52 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 4 hours and 29 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 40 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠4.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠20.4°.
10 days after point of apogee on 21 September 2010 at 08:03 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 6 October 2010 at 13:41 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 372 272 km (231 319 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 453 km (223 354 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♋ Cancer at 02:42 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 12 days later on 13 October 2010 at 15:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.
14 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 29 September 2010 at 17:37 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.555°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-24.457° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 October 2010 at 07:49 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 6 days on 7 October 2010 at 18:44 in ♎ Libra 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.