Quarter* ♑ Capricorn
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 ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 24 March 2014 at 01:46 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1952" and ∠1925".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2014 after 22 days on 15 April 2014 at 07:42.
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 175 of Meeus index or 1128 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 45 minutes. It is 45 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 1 hour and 59 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 10 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠25.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠46.9°.
11 days after point of apogee on 11 March 2014 at 19:46 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 27 March 2014 at 18:30 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 367 141 km (228 131 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 365 706 km (227 239 mi).
4 days after ascending node on 19 March 2014 at 06:30 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 1 April 2014 at 02:30 in ♈ Aries.
4 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 07:28 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-18.997°. Over the next 12 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠18.957° at the point of next standstill in ♊ Gemini on 5 April 2014 at 07:12.
In 7 days on 30 March 2014 at 18:45 in ♈ Aries 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.