Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 12 February 2015 Thursday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Scorpio.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 ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 12 February 2015 at 03:50 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1851" and ∠1944".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2015 after 21 days on 5 March 2015 at 18:06.
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 186 of Meeus index or 1139 from Brown series.
Length of current 186 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes. It is 45 minutes longer than next lunation 187 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 59 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠338.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠354.5°. 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°).
6 days after point of apogee on 6 February 2015 at 06:25 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 February 2015 at 07:29 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 387 291 km (240 651 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 992 km (221 825 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 8 February 2015 at 17:10 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 21 February 2015 at 16:05 in ♈ Aries.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 31 January 2015 at 00:59 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.513°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.402° in the next southern standstill on 14 February 2015 at 17:17 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 18 February 2015 at 23:47 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.