Crescent ♋ Cancer
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.
The length of the 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 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 3 hours and 17 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 46 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠192.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠218.3°.
8 days after point of perigee on 8 September 2014 at 03:29 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 20 September 2014 at 14:22 in ♌ Leo.
The Moon is 396 352 km (246 282 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 846 km (252 181 mi).
5 days after descending node on 11 September 2014 at 07:32 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 25 September 2014 at 17:41 in ♎ Libra.
17 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 05:15 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠18.579°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-18.528° at the point of next standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 30 September 2014 at 19:29.
In 7 days on 24 September 2014 at 06:14 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.