Crescent ♉ Taurus
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 ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 11 July 2012 at 01:48 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1780" and ∠1887".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2012 after 21 days on 2 August 2012 at 03:27.
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 154 of Meeus index or 1107 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 22 minutes. It is 1 hour and 52 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 38 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 25 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠217.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠248.7°.
9 days after point of perigee on 1 July 2012 at 18:01 in ♐ Sagittarius. 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 13 July 2012 at 16:47 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 402 653 km (250 197 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 783 km (251 520 mi).
10 days after ascending node on 1 July 2012 at 05:45 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 14 July 2012 at 20:55 in ♉ Taurus.
10 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 2 July 2012 at 03:33 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-21.701°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠21.665° at the point of next northern standstill on 16 July 2012 at 01:18 in ♊ Gemini.
In 7 days on 19 July 2012 at 04:24 in ♋ Cancer 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.