Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
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.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes. It is 45 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 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 59 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠338.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠354.5°.
6 days after point of apogee on 6 February 2015 at 06:25 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 19 February 2015 at 07:29 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 387 291 km (240 651 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 992 km (221 825 mi).
3 days after ascending node on 8 February 2015 at 17:10 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 21 February 2015 at 16:05 in ♈ Aries.
3 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
12 days since the previous standstill on 31 January 2015 at 00:59 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.513°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.402° at the point of next southern standstill on 14 February 2015 at 17:17 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 6 days on 18 February 2015 at 23:47 in ♒ Aquarius 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.