Quarter* ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 18 July 2014 Friday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
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 ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 19 July 2014 at 02:08 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1917" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2014 after 23 days on 10 August 2014 at 18:09.
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 179 of Meeus index or 1132 from Brown series.
Length of current 179 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 33 minutes. It is 58 minutes shorter than next lunation 180 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 49 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 14 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠144.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠169.2°. 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°).
5 days after point of perigee on 13 July 2014 at 08:27 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 28 July 2014 at 03:27 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 373 895 km (232 328 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 570 km (252 631 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♈ Aries at 21:21 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet ascending node on 2 August 2014 at 11:26 in ♎ Libra.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 10 July 2014 at 17:29 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.982°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.934° in the next northern standstill on 23 July 2014 at 15:36 in ♊ Gemini.
After 8 days on 26 July 2014 at 22:42 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.