Quarter ♓ Pisces
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 24 May 2011 at 18:52 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1789" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2011 after 22 days on 15 June 2011 at 20:13.
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 140 of Meeus index or 1093 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 12 minutes. It is 2 hours and 21 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 1 hour and 28 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 35 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠216.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠248.4°.
9 days after point of perigee on 15 May 2011 at 11:18 in ♎ Libra. 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 27 May 2011 at 09:58 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 400 756 km (249 018 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 006 km (251 659 mi).
5 days after ascending node on 19 May 2011 at 09:03 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 2 June 2011 at 20:21 in ♊ Gemini.
5 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
5 days since the previous standstill on 18 May 2011 at 23:26 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.403°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠23.393° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 June 2011 at 09:54 in ♊ Gemini.
In 8 days on 1 June 2011 at 21:03 in ♊ Gemini 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.