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Moon phase on 16 September 2014 Tuesday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
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 ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 16 September 2014 at 02:05 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1808" and ∠1909".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2014 after 21 days on 8 October 2014 at 10:51.
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 181 of Meeus index or 1134 from Brown series.
Length of current 181 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 1 minute. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2014. It is 18 minutes longer than next lunation 182 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 17 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 46 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠192.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠218.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
8 days after point of perigee on 8 September 2014 at 03:29 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 20 September 2014 at 14:22 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 396 352 km (246 282 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 846 km (252 181 mi).
5 days after its descending node on 11 September 2014 at 07:32 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 25 September 2014 at 17:41 in ♎ Libra.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 05:15 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠18.579°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-18.528° in its southern standstill point on 30 September 2014 at 19:29 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 24 September 2014 at 06:14 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.