Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 13 March 2015 at 17:48 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1884" and ∠1930".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2015 after 22 days on 4 April 2015 at 12:06.
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 187 of Meeus index or 1140 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 49 minutes. It is 28 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 55 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 14 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠354.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠9.9°.
8 days after point of apogee on 5 March 2015 at 07:35 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 March 2015 at 19:38 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 380 415 km (236 379 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 584 km (222 192 mi).
5 days after ascending node on 7 March 2015 at 21:04 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 7 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 21 March 2015 at 02:19 in ♈ Aries.
5 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
14 days since the previous standstill on 27 February 2015 at 07:19 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.335°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-18.262° at the point of next southern standstill on 14 March 2015 at 01:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 6 days on 20 March 2015 at 09:36 in ♓ Pisces 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.