Quarter* ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 24 April 2011 Sunday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 25 April 2011 at 02:47 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1830" and ∠1908".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2011 after 22 days on 17 May 2011 at 11:09.
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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 139 of Meeus index or 1092 from Brown series.
Length of current 139 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 18 minutes. It is 2 hours and 6 minutes longer than next lunation 140 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 34 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 29 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠190.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠216.7°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
7 days after point of perigee on 17 April 2011 at 05:59 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 29 April 2011 at 18:02 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 391 591 km (243 323 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 043 km (252 303 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 22 April 2011 at 01:05 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 6 May 2011 at 14:54 in ♊ Gemini.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 21 April 2011 at 13:40 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.498°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.421° in the next northern standstill on 6 May 2011 at 03:54 in ♊ Gemini.
After 8 days on 3 May 2011 at 06:51 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.