Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 14 February 2012 at 17:04 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1943".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2012 after 22 days on 8 March 2012 at 09:40.
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 149 of Meeus index or 1102 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 55 minutes. It is 1 hour and 8 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 2 hours and 11 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 52 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠70.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠107.8°.
2 days after point of perigee on 11 February 2012 at 18:32 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 13 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 27 February 2012 at 14:01 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 363 971 km (226 161 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 13 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 864 km (251 571 mi).
11 days after descending node on 2 February 2012 at 20:02 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 15 February 2012 at 20:16 in ♐ Sagittarius.
25 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 3 February 2012 at 07:11 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.404°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-22.299° at the point of next southern standstill on 16 February 2012 at 08:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 7 days on 21 February 2012 at 22:35 in ♒ Aquarius 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.