Quarter* ♋ Cancer
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 ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 27 September 2013 at 03:56 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1914".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2013 after 22 days on 18 October 2013 at 23:38.
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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 169 of Meeus index or 1122 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 58 minutes. It is 43 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 14 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 49 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠249.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠285.3°.
10 days after point of perigee on 15 September 2013 at 16:34 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 27 September 2013 at 18:17 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 404 644 km (251 434 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 309 km (251 226 mi).
3 days after descending node on 22 September 2013 at 13:48 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 6 October 2013 at 22:08 in ♏ Scorpio.
16 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 01:03 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠19.599°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-19.537° at the point of next standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 9 October 2013 at 23:52.
In 8 days on 5 October 2013 at 00:35 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.