Crescent ♓ Pisces
Moon phase on 21 May 2014 Wednesday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 51% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 21 May 2014 at 12:59 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 3.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1896".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2014 after 22 days on 13 June 2014 at 04:11.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 177 of Meeus index or 1130 from Brown series.
Length of current 177 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 26 minutes. It is 1 hour and 2 minutes shorter than next lunation 178 length.
Length of current synodic month is 18 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 51 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠76.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠112.5°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
3 days after point of perigee on 18 May 2014 at 11:58 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 3 June 2014 at 04:25 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 364 509 km (226 495 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 956 km (251 628 mi).
8 days after its ascending node on 12 May 2014 at 22:06 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 25 May 2014 at 17:56 in ♈ Aries.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous South standstill on 16 May 2014 at 20:10 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.992°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠19.023° in the next northern standstill on 30 May 2014 at 00:38 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 28 May 2014 at 18:40 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.